By Julie Marsh
...if it's true that the girls did promise in advance not to say the word, then [by not punishing the girls, the superintendent] sent a very bad message to all students in the district: It's okay to be deceitful.What? In one paragraph, O'Reilly writes "If (emphasis mine) it's true that the girls did promise in advance not to say the word..." In the very next paragraph, O'Reilly not only describes the girls as "mouthy", but concludes that they shouldn't "be allowed to get away with falsifying their story." Which is it? Did the girls lie or didn't they? And does O'Reilly adequately support his opinion (clearly, that the girls lied) on this point?
Yes, the community served by John Jay High School obviously included a number of kids and adults who believed the girls were being censored. But that doesn't mean that the mouthy trio should be allowed to get away with falsifying their story.
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