Dr. Marcus Nelson has made wide-reaching news as the superintendent of Waco I.S.D. for being arrested over a small amount of marijuana after a traffic stop where he was pulled over for driving in the left lane.
Many have called for his termination, saying he has set a bad example for the children and those who work under him, and that by not firing him the wrong message is being sent. Many others argue that he has done extremely well, and by some accounts saved a badly failing school system and should not be fired. Since Nelson’s arrival, four of the five failing schools in the district have recovered.
There is also the argument that others in his position or similar have been fired for the same offense.
As a society, many of us seem to prefer punishment over helping people and achieving a positive outcome. Some believe that a positive outcome would result in his termination.
I think a positive outcome is an understanding that what happened is not something we should see from a superintendent of our school system, and I’m certain that some level of “punishment” is acceptable given that what he did was in fact public and illegal; but also that our society is full of nuance, and we should take each case independently on its own merits and determine an outcome which does the most good for everyone. Zero tolerance policies don’t allow us to do this.
Do his actions set a bad example for the children or those who work under him? They absolutely do.
Were his actions taken while on the school’s time? No, and that should be factored in.
In a wide-ranging set of law infractions we have enacted, how