Comment of the Day

Reader: Courtney Bowles was a good teacher, and I was gobsmacked by charges against her

The responses to our item about Mountain View High School teacher Courtney Bowles, found naked with a student, have mostly stopped shy of castigating her -- something that may surprise many readers. Also posted: an observation about Bowles by someone who knew her as a very different kind of person than the one described in news reports.

Sierra writes:

I knew Ms. Bowles several years ago, and I am absolutely gobsmacked by this whole thing. She was always an extremely level-headed, professional woman, on her way up and out. I was certain that the information posted was incorrect, but it appears, at least initially, that I was wrong. While the legal consequences will be severe and justified if an assault did take place, I cannot help but feel badly for the bright young woman I knew years ago who was, believe it or not, a very good teacher.

For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archives.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts