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Chester County Press

The good guy is a bad guy

10/08/2014 02:34AM ● By Lev

By Uncle Irvin

 In last week's Chester County Press, there was a Page 6A article about a Kennett High School fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand that netted more than $1,000 for cancer research.

The fundraising effort, The Lemon Shot Challenge, was originated by Bill Barber, a teacher at Garnet Valley Middle School and the brother of Kennett High School principal Michael Barber. Bill Barber's daughter, Brielle, has an aggressive brain tumor, thus the fundraiser.

On Page 10A of the same day's paper was a story about how the same Bill Barber was arrested on Sept. 23 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student at his school. Barber was placed on administrative leave, his school keys and access card were confiscated, and he was arraigned and held at the Delaware County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

The transformation from being a well-intentioned fundraiser to arrest happened virtually simultaneously, and that's why the two articles appeared in the same issue of the Press.

The fact that such a noble act on Mr. Barber's part wound up ending in a tragedy is hard to fathom, even in today's world.

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