ot too long ago, in a place most of us haven’t even heard about – the town of Lee, a widely publicized drama encrusted sex scandal played out in Rockingham County Superior Court. A popular, highly-educated, pillar of Lee’s school community, a Ms. Kristie Torbick, 39-year-old guidance counselor at Exeter High School in Lee, New Hampshire, appeared for her plea-and-sentencing hearing.
Ms. Torbick had accepted responsibility for multiple counts of consensual sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old adolescent male student placed in her care. Having already admitted her guilt, she wanted (rightly so) to mitigate her punishment, if possible. So, Ms. Torbick called numerous friends and asked them to find the courage to stand up in open court and give an account (to the best of their understanding) of her community character as a resident, as a friend, and as a counselor. Some answered the call (I assume with some deep reservations) and decided to speak up at the sentencing hearing – to come forward in an age of incivility and petty-mindedness, and recount their friends lessor known achievements and remarkableness for compassion and service to others. Among this courageous group of trusted friends was the dean of students at Bedford High School and a guidance counselor in the Newfound school district – both helped Torbick’s lawyer make the case for leniency in sentencing.
The Newfound guidance counselor stood before Judge Andrew Schulman on behalf of Ms. Torbick and said, “I know in my heart the intent was for her to help.” With Christian sympathy, she addressed the Court, saying ”(Torbick) too has suffered a great loss … a loss of reputation, loss of credentials, loss of dignity and the potential loss of the respect of her children when they are old enough to understand what has happened.” Her remarks were kind and courageous and truthful. She quietly endeared the sneers and deep sighs from many present.
Unfortunately, all of the friendship in the world couldn’t do battle with the city’s eccentric pedocentrists. Crowds of holier-than-thou pedocentrists gathered near and far to devise a diabolical way to shame Ms. Torbick’s friends for doing what God has commanded of us all — to love one another. Protests sprung up. Then letters flooded the in-boxes of top level supervisors. Still acting in accordance with their selfish base desires, the angry mob of residents began to cast massive stones of condemnation at Ms. Torbick’s brave friends in an effort to vindictively sentence them all to an undeserved social death. There were SO many stone lobbers that I don’t know where to start. But maybe, beginning with a singular published article I came across the other day would be the best place.
A nameless opinion writer for Fosters.com wrote a scathing editorial piece that demonized these brave, morally righteous men and women who bravely stood up against a mob of injustice. The piece was titled, “Editorial: Educators wrong to praise sex offender.”
This was only the beginning, though. It wasn’t over. More scathing articles soon followed in newspapers all across America, as did more angry public opinions. Vindictive pedocentrists sprung up over night. One self-righteous pedocentrist after another lobed their stones, condemning those who gave truthful testimony in support of Ms. Torbick. Every stone hit its mark. Every stone inflicted a public and private injury against good and justice and fairness. Every…single…ungodly…stone. Until, finally, many educational careers were utterly destroyed.
I’m pretty certain during this unfortunate debacle their were all sorts of “pious” pedocentrists present. We all know them. They’re the local drunkards and revers and poison peddlers and addicts and harlots and child batterers and abusive mothers and absent fathers and … you get the idea. The list could go on and on.
In the end, vigilante justice managed to destroy the careers of a teacher, a school guidance counselor, and a fine, fine school superintendent. All were compelled to resign from their positions. Not to mention, a superb Plymouth State University professor also lost her career for displaying public compassion and kindness to a fallible human being.
I hope, at some point, more people will applaud the courage and candor shown by those who were brave enough to stand alone and speak up for a defendant that deserved to be remembered for her life of service, honorable deeds, and for her basic human worth as an ordinary person. I applaud those who found the courage to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with a dear friend during the most difficult point in her life.
Tell the truth and shame the devil, right?
Dear America, this maniacal obsession of unquestioningly believing in the angelic image of an unblemished young person, being purposefully propagated by cunning mental health professionals, prosecutors, the drive by media, and unethical leaders in our communities in order to peddle victimization for profit and power (regardless of the circumstances in each case) is leading us to a precarious ledge in our free society. Until we are willing to confront head-on the numerous mis-truths being bandied about by these elitists we will never secure true freedom for ourselves or our family and friends.
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