Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

April 25, 2013

Subject of story, letter has changed his life for the better

My name is Kendra Ellis-McGriff. I am a currently enrolled student at Allegany College of Maryland. I am also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, as well as a tutor for English up to the business level, speech and psychology.

I am very active at ACM and what goes on there. I am friends with both Brian Shea (“College for convicts? Former prisoner who lied on admission application can no longer attend ACM,” story April 7 Times-News, Page 1A) and David Smith (“Telling the truth might have prevented this,” letter to the editor April 10) and there are a couple reasons for my letter.

One main reason is that Mr. Smith is not a “current” student, as he wrote because he is no longer enrolled at ACM as a result of his own poor decision making.

I feel that it is wrong of him to bash someone who goes to school everyday, gets good grades and truly wants an education. Mr. Shea is also not being kicked out because he lied, he is being kicked out because he committed a violent crime.

The school’s concern is whether or not Mr. Shea is a danger to the other students. Although he has never been before any committee in the school for committing any type of infraction and they have even chosen to let him finish out the semester.

If he is such a threat to the safety of others on the campus then why was he not removed immediately? Furthermore even employers only go back seven to 10 years on a background check. However, Allegany College sees fit to go back your entire life.

Mr. Shea’s charges are 13 years old, and people do change. One thing I have learned over the years is that the only constant in life is change. People grow and evolve sometime for the better, and sometime for the worst.

Mr. Shea has changed himself for the better. He is also a very meek man he avoids confrontation at all costs. I have unfortunately witnessed people taking his kindness for granted.

I have no favoritism between the two men. I simply feel what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong, and in my personal opinion Mr. Smith was more wrong than two left feet.

Kendra Ellis-McGriff

Cumberland

 

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