THE ARTICLE “Principal suspended for not reporting sexual abuse’’ (Metro, Dec. 17) underscores the point that even seasoned educators, by all accounts well respected, can make tragic errors when it comes to protecting children in their care. This case again reminds us that mandated reporters are meant to do just that: report suspected abuse, and leave the investigation to those trained to do so. It is understandable that we want to be sure before we accuse someone of a terrible crime against children. But we must leave the resolution to the professional investigators, and do what is required of us: protect the children by reporting the suspected abuse.
Marylou SuddersPresident, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Boston