Editoral – Trust and Justice

Editorial Board

“Great is the truth and it prevails,” reads our school’s motto. Even though we sing this is only mumbled at the end of our assemblies, the message of the lyrics still stands: valuing the truth is at the core of our institution.

Over the past week, it has become clear that Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh has lied under oath in his testimony about issues including the time frame in which he learned of Deborah Ramirez’s (one of Kavanaugh’s classmates at Yale) sexual assault accusations against him. It is also clear that in his testimony he withheld and at times distorted the truth, such as misremembering the drinking age when he was in high school and not disclosing the real meaning of sexual euphemisms he and his friends mentioned in their high school yearbook.

While these lies, or omissions of the full truth, may seem minor in comparison to the question of validity of Ford’s and Ramirez’s sexual assault accusations, they do call into question Kavanaugh’s integrity and respect for the truth. Lying under oath is a serious crime, especially when the person committing the crime is supposed to be our next Supreme Court Justice.

These developments have encouraged us, as the The Record editorial board and members of the HM community, to reflect on the importance of honesty. Our work on the newspaper is based on a deep commitment to finding and reporting the truth. This means running a wide variety of in-depth and accurate stories, speaking to many members of our community, and helping writers reveal information with integrity.

With that in mind, we want to take this politically charged and confusing moment to remind ourselves and the Horace Mann community that we should always let the truth prevail, whether that be in our classes, relationships, or extracurriculars.