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Alleged crime does not reflect on Gilbert as a whole

As we go to press with this issue of The Winsted Journal, the Winchester Police Department is investigating an incident at The Gilbert School which involved tainted homemade cupcakes that were distributed at the school on Wednesday, June 7.

By now you probably have read various news articles and social media posts about the alleged incident.

Despite what has been written, we need to emphasize the word alleged, because as of press time no one has been arrested or charged with anything.

We are still in America, where it is innocent until proven guilty when it comes to the law, no matter what words are written on social media and in other news outlets.

We also need to emphasize that the alleged incident is not funny.

It is possible that people may have been hurt in this alleged incident. Anyone being hurt at all, no matter what the incident is, is not funny.

As for The Gilbert School itself, including its students, teachers, administrators and parents: This alleged incident is not a reflection of what The Gilbert School is all about.

The school’s founder, William L. Gilbert, said that he created the school “for the improvement of mankind by affording such assistance and means of educating the young as will help them to become good citizens.”

Education includes challenges and sometimes these challenges include those that cannot be foreseen, whether it be problems with contract negotiations with the state or this alleged incident.

Over and over again, the Gilbert community has risen to meet and overcome challenges.

Over the years, Gilbert has also given back to the Winsted community. Students have organized holiday food drives and helped clean up the town.

Just because a few people allegedly committed a crime should not impact what The Gilbert School has done for the community, including educating generations of children for the past 122 years.

With that in mind, Gilbert’s high school graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the school’s auditorium.

If you want to know what Gilbert is really all about, including the hard work of its students, teachers, staff and parents, then we encourage you to attend the ceremony.