Durbin's punishment doesn't fit his 'crime'

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 23, 2013 

Is ruining a man's career and future a just punishment for a school principal who had a nearly impeccable record up to the point of changing the grades of some failing students? Does this punishment fit his crime?

Former Beaufort High School principal Dan Durbin admittedly made a mistake, which needed to be dealt with. His actions, while misguided and wrong, were not vicious or hurtful to others, nor did he profit in any way.

By all accounts, Durbin is a good man and largely responsible for bringing up the performance of Beaufort High School in the past decade.

The newspaper reported that his earlier effort to reach a consent agreement with the state Board of Education ended in failure; no reason was given for the state board's denial. Why would the state board or the Beaufort County School District choose total ruination of this man, as reflected in his surrender of three professional certificates?

By the way, I have never met Dan Durbin, nor do I have a child at Beaufort High School or in the Beaufort County School District. My interest in this is that it seems a gross miscarriage of justice.

Donna Starkey


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