CONSIDER THIS: Public answers needed from our public school system

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - It is not reasonable to expect perfection out of our school system.

I have lived in this community long enough to have made friendships and acquaintances with those who are in charge of educating our children, and we owe a special debt of gratitude to those who do it well.

However … it is becoming more apparent that the system failed many people with the arrest of former science teacher Mike Kelly. We were shocked to hear the charges months ago of inappropriate contact with children. Now – we're learning some of this all dates back at least 15 years.

And our investigative reporters found out some people were trying to sound the alarm that long ago.

What happened? How did we miss this? Those are questions that need public answers from our public school system.

Consider this: Our school system's reputation is on the line here. They have the ability to make public statements to defend what they're doing. Now is the time to hear what is being done to prevent this from happening again.

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