Letter: 30-day sentence for teen's rapist sends wrong message

September 8, 2013 

We've read about the Montana judge who handed down a 30-day sentence to a teacher who raped a student who then committed suicide.

A key piece in this story has received little attention from the media. During the teacher's first year at the high school in 2004, a student reported him for inappropriately touching her. Principal Scott Anderson called Rambold in, told him to "keep his hands off all students." Anything further would result in a formal investigation, Anderson reportedly told him.

What did the students learn? Did they learn that they can report someone for inappropriate behavior -- and nothing will happen?

LYNN CROOK, Richland

Tri-City Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service