Sexual assault is unfortunately more common than many would like to believe. When an alleged assault involves a child victim, it is horrifying. Such is the case with an attack that involved a McCormick Middle School student, who police say was molested by a 78-year-old man.
The man, Richard McCallister, allegedly hired the Huron girl after posting a notice at her school, asking for someone who could help with yard work at his home. The girl's mother and father agreed to allow their daughter the opportunity to make some extra money, but after a few weeks, the girl refused to return to McCallister's home. She later confided to her mother what had occurred.
McCallister has not been convicted of any crime, and it will be up to a jury to decide his guilt or innocence. But the mother's call for caution is a warning all parents should heed.
A pedophile can be very clever in pursuit of children, and every parent must take every possible precaution to protect children. It's unfortunate, but parents should suspect everyone and anyone who wants to create a place for himself in a child's life, a place that did not previously exist.
Should the school stop posting jobs? Maybe, but we'll leave that decision up to school administrators. McCormick Middle School Principal Mark Doughty said he would review the policy and make any changes that are appropriate.
But the school should not be held responsible for what happened to this child. The responsibility is to parents to be forever vigilant.