Greeson: Superintendent Smith, and the rest of us, must do better by our students

Superintendent Rick Smith listens during a meeting Thursday at the Hamilton County Department of Education.

None of us want to be judged by our worst moment. Not a person, not an organization, not a school system.

Yet, the Ooltewah basketball rape case represents the worst for the Hamilton County Department of Education. And the judging is unrelenting.

It's impossible not to be troubled by these events, but it's the future that needs our attention.

What's our next step as a community? What's the next move beyond grief and sympathy for the victim and our shock at those adults on the scene who mismanaged this every step of the way?

That next step is not as visceral as the emotional response when the story broke, and not as easy as the knee-jerk reaction to clear the halls at Bonny Oaks.

Some say it is time we exhort the school board to clear the leadership of the system, relieving Superintendent Rick Smith of his job and looking to start anew.