Nearly three weeks after The Schilling Show broke the news of a Charlottesville school bus driver’s indictment on felony, child-related sex charges, the Charlottesville Daily Progress—the region’s only daily print newspaper—remains silent on the subject.
Darrell Eugene Farley, who drove a Charlottesville City school bus over a ten-year period from 2003 to 2013, was indicted by a Rockingham grand jury on June 17 and will face trial on September 10.
Why has the Daily Progress—a main source of news for central Virginia—refused to run a story about Farley and to publish his picture? After all, he has been accused of child-related sex crimes, and he certainly has been in direct contact with thousands of Charlottesville students over his tenure of city employment. And shouldn’t parents have the opportunity to see the face of an accused, city-employed sex criminal who may have interacted with their children?
Perhaps, the Daily Progress does not run stories on accused sex offenders? Think again. Over the past year, the paper has run many such news items—with pictures of the accused—including:
March 14, 2013: Joe Callis Leake
March 14, 2013: Charles W. Baird Jr
March 27, 2013: James E. Jessup III
May 10, 2013: Frank Louis Dorman
So, why is Darrell Eugene Farley different? For one, he works for the beleaguered Charlottesville City Schools Division, which is struggling to maintain funding and attendance amidst mediocre performance and institutional dysfunction. And the Daily Progress is loath to criticize Charlottesville Schools or related elected officials, fearful of riling the establishment Democrat political aristocracy.
Chronically over-compensated Charlottesville Superintendent, Rosa Atkins, and the largely inept Charlottesville School Board have been mum, too, but not because they were unaware of Farley. Sources deep within Charlottesville City Hall reveal that suspicions and subsequent investigations of the sex-charged bus driver began years ago. When a January shooting of a BB/Airsoft gun took place on Farley’s school bus #25, Charlottesville Schools’ officials raced to hush incident details and shield Farley from media inquiry for fear of exposing Darrell Eugene Farley’s sexual back-story.
Self-insulating stonewalling aside, inquiring minds want to know:
- Will the Daily Progress and the Charlottesville City Schools do the right thing by publicizing Farley’s arrest and the serious sexual accusations against him?
- Will the Daily Progress and the Charlottesville City Schools do the right thing by enlisting the public’s assistance in gathering information that could aid the investigation and prosecution of Darrell Eugene Farley?
- Will the Daily Progress and the Charlottesville City Schools do the right thing by telling the truth about a serious, ongoing societal problem, which here has manifested itself in the person of a long-time Charlottesville school bus driver?
Or, will both entities continue to play “ostrich,” hiding a deviant public employee from an ignorant public’s eyes in hopes of protecting their own tenuous reputations?