I'm responding to your front-page article, "O.C. Day-Care Home Closed by Sex Abuse Claim" (March 25), reporting the closure of a Cypress home day-care facility by state officials because of alleged sexual misconduct and child abuse.
Having worked as a child-care professional for 10 years, it becomes extremely disheartening to hear reports of suspected child abuse. Most disrupting is the thought of helpless children being victimized. This issue seems to strike a chord of outrage in all decent people.
However, being involved with children for most of my adult life, I've also encountered instances where colleagues have been victimized by premature reports of unfounded allegations. Since the McMartin debacle, these instances have become an occupational hazard for those of us within the profession.
Of greatest concern to me is the high profile approach The Times pursued in reporting the allegations against Ms. (Terri) Borzoni and Ms. (Vicki) Jimenez by giving the report front-page status. It is apparent that your publication seeks to capitalize on the sensational nature of the allegations by appealing to our "chord of outrage" previously mentioned here.