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Re: “Answering Some Reader Questions about the Kay Sorg Arrest

My son had Ms. Sorg as a science teacher when he was in Albany Middle School. He has since attended Lick-Wilberding High School in San Francisco, a summer science program at Brown University and is now a science major at George Washington University. He has always contended that Ms. Sorg was the single most interesting and inspiring teacher he has had in any subject in any of the schools he's gone to. These charges against Ms. Sorg have all the elements of a true tragedy. Usually we associate the attributes of a gifted teacher with someone who models integrity and thereby stimulates the developemnt of character as well as imparts information to her/his students. I believe Ms. Sorg did this for my son as well as most children in her charge over the many years she taught in our school system. The community certainly has been abuzz with a defense of her based on 25 years of a stellar teaching career. Yet I am also aware that very few people fabricate charges such as the ones that have been levelled against Ms. Sorg, especially fourteen or fifteen years after the fact, without some bases in truth. A community that can't believe that a gifted teacher can make a costly mistake in judgment and commit a breach of ethics by compromising the psycholgical well-being of a student is woefully naieve. Unfortunately, our culture is riddled with these sort of paradoxes and contradictions; I find myself asking "what were they thinking" so often when hearing about the many lapses in ethical behavior from respected and accomplished people. We don't know what happened or didn't happen and perhaps that will never be fully determined to the public's satisfaction. My heart goes out to both the young woman in question and Ms. Sorg. Both must be suffering tremendously right now. The Middle School has lost two excellent teachers (Ms. Sorg's husband apparently resigned); even if cleared of all charges I believe Ms. Sorg would find it extremely difficult to return to teaching in our community. And simply because we do not know the identity of the young woman in question, that doesn't mean that she is unaware of the dialogue in the community. Many hateful and ignorant comments have been made about her as is often the case when someone comes forward with abuse disclosures. Our community has lost some of it's innocence in the weeks since the news of thes charges against Ms. Sorg surfaced. I hope we can show compassion and withhold judgment on all sides until our quite remarkable judicial system has a chance to handle the matter dispassionately.

Posted by christa donaldson on 05/20/2007 at 1:23 AM

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