Letters: Proud to be a Staples graduate, Be safe on Super Sunday

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the recent story regarding sexual harassment at Staples High School.

I have never been prouder to say I actually graduated from here. Way to go Staples High School!

Has the Me Too Movement not taught you anything? Talking to Mommy and Daddy and silencing young girls is not the way to fix this. It’s called report sexual assaults of minors to the police. Because things like sexual assault never happen in Westport. They never happened in Darien either. #AlexKelly. But it did.

The Alex Kelly case in Darien was the infamous sexual assault case where in the mid 8o’s the Kelly family aided and abetted their son, a serial rapist for ten years in a foreign country from trial because they were rich and they could. After two trials in the 90’s he was eventually convicted and served ten years.

We are in 2018; Clearly, we have learned nothing.

How is this epidemic supposed to ever change if administrators employed by my home county to protect and educate kids ever going to change if they just look the other way?

Oh we did this, we did that...It’s all a bunch of shoving under the rug and passing the buck. I know it, they know it. These brave victims know it. The sad thing is the administration doesn’t care. #DamageControl. All they care about is protecting our precious little town’s reputation.

When I first saw this story on the news, I had just come home from work throwing in some leftovers in the microwave for dinner before meeting a friend for coffee. It was beyond sickening to me, as is everything in recent media pertaining to this subject. This is not Just Dr. Nassar, Hollywood, the Priesthood or my home town with self entitled rich kids/athletes nor is it just the general workplace. This is Everywhere and Times Up.

It intensely disappoints me that my High School’s response to these allegations were taken so negligently in a town where Harvey Weinstein once resided.

I have nothing but the highest regards for the faculty at my Alma Mater who supported and encouraged me to be the best I could be- the majority now retired. The fact that we now live in a time where this issue is so widely publicized and their proceeders’ do not realize that sexual assault is a very serious and life altering trauma is profoundly disturbing.

I am a survivor of sexual assault.

While in my tenure at SHS my assault did not occur there, having been through the experience of not only sexual assault but the painstakingly traumatic process of the legal system, its aftermath. and forever fighting to implement change- well then I think I might be able to teach the Westport and Fairfiled County School system a thing or two about not dismissing complaints of assault as “Boys will be Boys.”

We do not live in these times anymore, and It is appalling to me that our educators employed to proctect students have failed to realize this.

Micheke Pardon

New York

To the Editor:

The big game is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to gather around the TV and crack open a cold one with your friends and family. Whatever the outcome of the game, everyone wins when you drink responsibly and make safe rides a part of your playbook.

That’s why we’re cheering for you to be the real MVP this Sunday by helping to keep our roads and communities safe.

Over the past 35 years, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners have invested more than $1 billion in the U.S. to promote alcohol responsibility and reduce drunk driving. You can use a ride-share service, designated driver, or public transportation, but whatever you do, make sure you plan ahead for safe rides.

No matter which team you’re rooting for, we should all agree on the fact that drunk driving is 100 percent preventable. This Super Bowl Sunday—and every day—Enjoy Responsibly.

Tony Lota

Alcohol Awareness Coordinator

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