As I'm sure most people are aware of, due to press coverage, Drew Smith is the former St. Mary Central Catholic High School teacher who was arrested last year for allegedly having sex with a student. Mr. Smith pleaded not guilty to his sex charge. I applaud him for this.My freshman year of high school, Mr. Smith was my teacher when he was employed by Sandusky City Schools. I knew him well, sat in a room with him every day, for a full semester. He is not a bad man. In fact, I can honestly say, he was one of my favorite teachers. I am sick of hearing people bash him for his actions. He may have had a relationship with a student, but what people are forgetting is that the student in question was 18 during the alleged relationship. She made an informed decision, as did Mr. Smith. The only thing Mr. Smith did wrong was not waiting until she had graduated, and was no longer his student, to go forth with their relationship. He is not a pedophile or a predator, and he shouldn't have to go the rest of his life with that label.
Honestly, I know many female students had crushes on Mr. Smith. If he really was some type of sick child molester, he could have had a lot of underage girls. But he didn't. He never made any advances towards any student. Do you know why? He's not that type of man. He's already facing these charges, lost his job, and teaching license. As it stands now, his life has been ruined by a mistake. A mistake that will follow him for the rest of his life. What he doesn't need, is a bunch of people who don't know him, assuming they do, talking about something they know nothing about.
There are a lot of things I don't believe in. There are a lot of things I don't support. But do you know what isn't on that list? Drew Smith. I support him, because I know who he is, and I know what he isn't. He is not a bad man, and I'm tired of people saying he is. He isn't guilty of a sex crime; the only thing he may be guilty of is having a relationship with a legal adult, who was still a student at the time.
As his case goes on, I am very anxious to see the outcome, because I know he is innocent. He did not commit a sex crime. And I want it publicly stated, that I support Drew Smith.