Letter: Reinstate Jack Daley, don’t shift blame

As parents with four children brought up through the Gilroy
Unified School District, and all four of them graduated/graduating
from Gilroy High School, there always has been a deep concern for
our children’s well being.
Dear Editor,

As parents with four children brought up through the Gilroy Unified School District, and all four of them graduated/graduating from Gilroy High School, there always has been a deep concern for our children’s well being. We trusted the GUSD to make the right decision in hiring qualified teachers who can teach our children without harming them in any way.

Three years ago, one of our daughters had a teacher that touched her hair, and looked at her strangely. It turns out that this so called “teacher” was not qualified to teach and turned out to be a sex offender. He was fired, but this “teacher” slipped through the cracks and was hired by GUSD. Where was the human resources management to screen a thorough background check on this teacher BEFORE putting him in the classroom with our daughter and other students? Did the person or people in charge of hiring this “teacher” get fired? Not at all.

If it is thought that Mr. Daley should be taken out of his current position as athletic director, then maybe the people in charge of hiring a sex offender should have been taken out of theirs.

It was not Mr. Daley’s job to screen this coach. If Mr. Daley chose this coach that he thought would be a good fit as a GHS coach, then the GUSD HR management should have done their job to check him out thoroughly. This is not Mr. Daley’s responsibility given all of the other responsibilities that he has. His job was to find a candidate. HR’s job was to check that candidate out, thoroughly.

Now Mr. Daley faces losing his athletic director position because GUSD administration let him down and did not do their job. Reinstating Mr. Daley to his athletic director position should be strongly considered. Do not put the blame on someone to cover up who is really to blame.

Lana Ailes, Gilroy

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