Don’t judge Sal, who wouldn’t judge you |

Don’t judge Sal, who wouldn’t judge you

Nancy CookFrisco

I am writing in response to the story in last Wednesday’s paper regarding allegations against Sal Mancini. Since I wasn’t there in the classroom, I cannot comment on the events described. But in light of eight years of friendship and professional association with Sal as a performing partner, fellow teacher, and periodically as one of his students, I feel compelled to write. There are few people I can think of who outshine Sal in the areas of patience, gentleness and kindness toward other people – and his profound love for sharing his knowledge of music. My wish is for everyone involved in this situation to communicate honestly with one another, and with compassion. Although the child’s identity has remained protected (as it should be), Sal is now having to bear the public pressure of these accusations while things are sorted out. This has got to be incredibly hard. It is my hope that those who do not know Sal personally will not jump to conclusions, and that those who do know Sal and his family will remain their loyal friends during this time.

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