there are always stories from the msm that has people scratching their heads. Some are true and others are so true it is scary.
Read this story……..
Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite High School assistant principal Steven Geyer was placed on administrative leave Nov. 4 after school officials received allegations that he sexually abused international students hosted in his home.
After being told of the allegations, school officials asked Geyer to leave the campus, barred him from contact with students and removed students from his residence. Three high school students and one middle school student lived at the residence.
As required by Child Protective Services law, school officials informed child welfare officials, who contacted East Lampeter Township police.
“We are working to get counseling support for the students,” LMS superintendent Richard Thomas said Nov. 10. “The concern for student wellness in the faith community is really what we’re working on, and this is the number one concern. We need to be a supportive community for those students.”
The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reported and Thomas confirmed that the Geyer family has hosted students from South Korea in their home, recently as many as four at a time. In 1987, the couple adopted two boys from South Korea.
Because the investigation is ongoing, it is unknown how many students are involved in the allegations, and what time period is covered.
Geyer began as an English teacher at LMS in 1999 and has been assistant principal since 2005.
In a statement released by LMS, Thomas said the school is cooperating with the investigation and encourages anyone with additional information to contact the superintendent’s office or authorities.
“We solicit your prayers for the students and their families and rely on God’s guidance as an educational community as we work through this difficult time,” Thomas wrote.
Steve Geyer served as the assistant principal of Lancaster Mennonite High School in Lancaster, Pa., until school officials recently terminated his employment following what they claim are “allegations of sexual abuse.” The Mennonite Weekly Review reported in its Nov. 28 issue that “Lancaster Mennonite High School assistant principal Steven Geyer’s employment ended Nov. 17, superintendent Richard Thomas announced in a Nov. 21 letter to LMS constituents.” The paper goes on to report that Geyer (who served as assistant principal since 2005) was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 4 after school officials “received allegations that he sexually abused international students hosted in his home.”
According to a letter Thomas sent to LMS students and their families, “We will continue to cooperate with any ongoing investigation by authorities….As a result of our internal review, we have terminated Steve Geyer’s employment and affiliation with LMS effective Nov. 17, 2011. He has been barred from the campus and from having contact with LMS students.”
The paper goes on to say that after being told of the allegations, school officials removed students from his home and contacted child welfare officials. Three [international] high school students and one middle school student lived at the home, the paper stated. A couple other news articles on some other online news sites also noted that LMS is providing counseling for students. The Mennonite Weekly Review also states, “Because the investigation is ongoing, details have not been released about how many students are involved in the allegations and what time period is covered.”
OK, so it initially appears that school officials are being very proactive in dealing with what they would like us to believe is a horrible case of child sexual abuse. However, we’re actually left with more questions than answers. As mentioned above, Mennonite Weekly Review is not the only publication that published a story about Geyer. Several other news outlets published similar articles, but the one thing they all have in common is that they only published the school’s side of the story. There’s no comment from the accused (Geyer), police or any “victim.” They literally took the superintendent’s statements as the gospel truth. The readers of these articles are left with the impression that Geyer is a child sex abuser, because the superintendent of schools said so, due to some unspecified “allegations” made by an unspecified accuser. But here are some important questions that need to be answered:
Do we really know if anyone actually made any allegations against Geyer? f so, that brings us to the next question.
Why don’t school officials identify Geyer’s accuser (or accusers, if that is the case)?
Why did school officials place Geyer on administrative leave and then fire him when he has not even been arrested or charged with any type of crime?
Why did school officials like Superintendent Thomas have to make public allegations of child sexual abuse before police had even conducted a proper investigation to determine whether they were valid or false?
Why aren’t police saying anything about these “allegations”? Why aren’t police even confirming or denying that they are conducting an investigation? Remember the aforementioned letter by Thomas in which he wrote, “We will continue to cooperate with any ongoing investigation by authorities.” Examine his carefully chosen words when he writes, “any ongoing investigation.” That is an indication that there may not even be an investigation being conducted by authorities, i.e. police.
And speaking of police, today we contacted the East Lampeter Township Police Department and tried to find out why that department (which according to a couple news articles is supposedly investigating the case), has not issued any press releases or statements. The police official we spoke with on the phone immediately got on the defensive and wanted to know how we knew anything. But all we wanted to know is why police aren’t publicly commenting on the case, even to confirm that they are actually investigating? Instead of providing answers, the police official verbally attacked us and the conversation turned into an unproductive shouting match. End of conversation with a very defensive police agency.
That’s the problem with this story. There is NO story. The fact of the matter is that Steve Geyer has not been arrested or charged with a crime. And let us reiterate the fact that police have not even confirmed if they are investigating these so-called allegations against him.
What we do know is that Superintendent Thomas and his associates with the Lancaster Mennonite School system have taken upon themselves to be Geyer’s judge, jury and executioner. Despite the fact that none of the LMS officials- including Thomas- are criminal investigators or police officers- has not seemed to stop them on their witch hunt against Geyer. As far as we know and understand, Geyer has not even been given the opportunity to plead his case before school officials. He’s not only been fired from his job, he’s also been barred from school premises and barred from contact with LMS students. Plus, LMS is offering counseling to students, as if school officials know for a fact that Geyer indeed committed sexual offenses against students. Since when did school officials take upon themselves the roles of judge, jury and executioner? School officials have taken all this drastic action against Geyer, even though he’s not even been named a person of interest by police or prosecutors, let alone arrested and charged with even one offense.
And members of the media reporting this story have done Geyer a disservice as well. They went with the information the LMS superintendent provided them and didn’t even bother to ask the hard questions. Why didn’t they ask Thomas why he decided to publicly announce that Geyer is accused of such horrible allegations before police have even investigated these supposed allegations? Why would Thomas and his fellow school officials make such an announcement, knowing full well that this would destroy Geyer’s reputation?
What if police don’t find any evidence of wrongdoing on Geyer’s part and decide not to press charges against him? Or what if he is arrested and then is exonerated of any wrongdoing in a court of law? What will Lancaster Mennonite School do then? Geyer’s reputation will have been destroyed. Regardless if he’s innocent or guilty, Geyer now has to carry the burden of being an accused sex abuser, despite not even knowing who his supposed accuser is. Even if Geyer is found not guilty, his life will never be the same. And what will Lancaster Mennonite School do, apologize and carry on with business as usual?
Even if there is validity to the allegations, the way Lancaster Mennonite School has handled this situation has been wrong and grossly unfair. If there is ever someone who has been “thrown under the bus,” so to speak, that would be Steve Geyer. How will Geyer ever get a fair trial when school officials have already tried and convicted him in the media as well as in the court of public opinion?
The superintendent of schools has a lot of explaining to do. Police also need to speak out and tell us whether they are investigating Geyer or not. There is more to this story than meets the eye. If you are concerned about truth and justice, then you should be appalled by what is happening with this case.