Selective outrage: ACLU backs Torbick defendersEDITORIAL
August 13. 2018 11:27PM
It is curious that ACLU-NH has decided to go to bat for guidance counselors who stood up in court on behalf of a sexual predator, but not for a state employee under fire for a Facebook post.
ACLU-NH legal director Gilles Bissonnette says Newfound Regional High School and Plymouth State University “may have violated New Hampshire law.”
But Newfound guidance counselor Shelly Philbrick resigned. That’s not a violation of the law.
Plymouth State adjunct lecturer Dr. Nancy Strapko will not be rehired after appearing as a character witness on Torbick’s behalf. Torbick preyed on a 14-year-old student, yet Strapko wrote “her ‘victim’ was truly the pursuer in this case.”
Such a statement undermines Strapko’s ability to care for students. PSU was right to decline to renew her employment.
ACLU-NH has yet to speak up for Department of Education spokesman Tony Schinella, whose Facebook post criticizing the state’s diversity initiative was called racist. Then again, any criticism of diversity initiatives is attacked as racist.
Public employees do not forfeit their First Amendment rights. Schinella’s post, however controversial, does not prevent him from sending out news releases.