Opinion (572)

Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that shields cops from liability for actions taken in the line of duty unless they violate rights “clearly established” by existing judicial precedent. No statute exists granting qualified immunity. It evolved over time based on a series of Supreme Court cases.

Monday, 15 June 2020 08:19

COLUMN: Cooper's orders were reactively strict

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Should Gov. Roy Cooper continue his current approach to reopening North Carolina’s shattered economy, speed up the pace to save more jobs and businesses, or slow it down in response to increases in hospitalized patients with COVID-19?

Sunday, 14 June 2020 18:33

COLUMN: Irish Troubles, American injustices

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“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, and with liberty and justice for all.”

Saturday, 13 June 2020 13:54

COLUMN: Outdoor eating at summertime soirees

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As we are now past Memorial Day, I guess we could claim that summer is upon us. Never mind what the calendar tells us the first day is, summer is here.

Here we go again: Fear of a "second wave" of COVID-19 infections is on world tour. Naturally, the same "experts" who demanded a global lockdown/shutdown in response to the "first wave" are saddling up for an encore. Their logic, faulty the first time around, is even more so the second.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 12:37

OP-ED: It's time to end 'the talk'

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Recently, I had “the talk” with my four children, two sons and two daughters. For Black families, “the talk” is not about the birds and the bees. The talk is about what to do when you encounter the police. It is a talk about how to stay alive. My mother and my father had a similar talk with me when I was a child. Their parents had the same talk with them when they were children.

Monday, 08 June 2020 11:44

COLUMN: Police misconduct is everyone's problem

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The gruesome death of George Floyd, captured on video in vivid and revealing detail, will revolt and enrage anyone with a moral conscience. You witness one human being mistreating another with either actual malice or callous disregard. You witness the tragic result.

Sunday, 07 June 2020 20:19

MAPLES: #BetterTogether

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To the editor:

In the aftermath of the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, along with many others, we continue to be reminded of the racial disparities, systems of oppression and systemic racism that plague many people of color, especially African Americans.

One of the core beliefs of our school system states #BetterTogether. RCS truly believes that we are better when we work together as one to provide an education and bright future for all our students. The Richmond County Schools Board of Education, superintendent and staff understand and value a diverse school community that is inclusive, supportive, and inviting to all. I want to thank our amazing administrators, teachers, support staff and coaches who work tirelessly in developing positive relationships with our students. Continue to be the light!

As a public school system and community, we must continue to work together in dismantling racism and social injustice. In this moment, we recommit ourselves to supporting our students and staff who are subjected to racial inequality and the fight against racial injustice. We will continue to work tirelessly with our community to ensure that African American students along with all other students, regardless of race, religion, gender or ability, be provided a high quality education that promotes fairness and opportunity.

As our board policy states, Richmond County Schools does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or bullying in any of our activities. We are committed to the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strive to create a safe, orderly, caring, and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement.

The goal of inspiring excellence in all our students can only be accomplished by removing the barriers created by our society that impede a student’s ability or opportunity to learn and be successful. We ask you to join us in the stand against racial injustice and know that we will do this together, because we are truly #BetterTogether.

Jeffrey B. Maples, Ed.D.
Richmond County Schools Superintendent

The Richmond County Board of Education has done a disservice to the district’s top students.

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