There is a deep uneasiness striking the very pit of my stomach this week. It’s generated by the charges filed against La Cañada High math teacher Gabrielle Leko, who may or may not have said egregious things in her classroom.
A closed hearing on the matter was held Wednesday. As I write this, I do not know the outcome of the hearing. Nor have we been privy to Leko’s written response to the charges. It seems that none of us, other than those gathered for the closed meeting, has heard her side of the story.
I am glad that a few people have taken the time to write letters to the editor and comments on our website in defense of Leko, so that at least we have some voices speaking on her behalf. Do not take this to mean I’m convinced she is innocent; it just means that I believe she should be given the benefit of the doubt until all sides are heard by the authorities and any discipline, if called for, is meted out.