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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

McNamara: A rush to injustice in Maynard

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MAYNARD

Globe City & Region columnist Eileen McNamara weighed in today on the latest events in Maynard.

Here's an excerpt:

School committees are not star chambers, and fear of bad publicity and civil litigation do not constitute an emergency, two points the townspeople of Maynard ought to bear in mind as they deal with fallout from allegations that a child molester preyed on students with impunity across a 42-year teaching career.

The death of Joseph Magno last month on the eve of his trial on 18 counts of rape and sexual assault of a child has left both the teacher's accusers and his supporters frustrated that neither a conviction nor an acquittal will end this sorry chapter in the town's history.

Finding out who in authority knew what when about Joe Magno might still be possible, but throwing a relatively new school superintendent under the bus will not advance that effort.

The School Committee is poised to do just that to Mark Masterson, who has been superintendent of schools for the past four years. ...

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