Meghan Ridley, pictured, the Lakeland School District special education instructor who was slimed by Coeur d'Alene Press online trolls, has written an op-ed piece that is now online at the Press: "I personally fell victim to an ugly misuse of words myself lately. Following a picture of me on the cover of the February 13th issue of The Press, bloggers proceeded to write the most disgustingly horrible things I’ve ever heard about myself. They took their offense with my attire as an opportunity to offend both my person and profession. They accused me of selling sex in my classroom. They insinuated that my appearance is how I “hook” my special education students. They told me I should keep the flirting for after hours. They even compared me to the notorious pedophile, Mary Kay Letourneau. Wow! Words sure are powerful sometimes. I guess they didn’t realize I was a well-respected educator and member of the community, who when not in my classroom, spends time coaching the Special Olympics and pursuing my PhD at Gonzaga." Full post here.
Question: Do you think the Press has learned its lesson?