To the Editors:
I have been asked by concerned citizens to defend or explain statements that were made in court filings on behalf of the Town of Wilton in the case of Girl Doe v. Town of Wilton. I cannot do this. I have not had any involvement in this case, officially or unofficially, and it is not my place to do so. However, as a concerned citizen myself (and not as a member of the Board of Selectmen), I can and must defend the town officials who have been unfairly maligned in commentary because of things the attorneys have said in these court filings. First and foremost, Dr. Kevin Smith, our superintendent of schools, was not even employed by the Town of Wilton at the time of the events alleged in these court papers. Unfortunately, he inherited this terrible situation on virtually his first day of work in Wilton in July 2014. However, because of who he is as a person, he has never sought to avoid responsibility for providing a safe environment for our children or to shift the blame for what is alleged to have occurred in the past. Instead, he has worked proactively to make sure that the kind of things that are alleged in the court papers do not happen in the Wilton Public Schools while he is in a position to prevent it.