A teacher started a new job at a primary school. At the end of the previous term, one teacher – a veteran of twenty years at the school – had been arrested and subsequently charged with serious child pornography offences. The school had arranged large-scale counselling for all the pupils, full school assemblies addressing the issue and individual class question-and-answer sessions. The pupils were not told precisely what the teacher had done, only that he had done something very bad. The new teacher, in her first week at this school, had to answer the pupils’ questions. One young boy asked her an incredibly advanced and difficult question. He asked:
“If we trusted him and he did this bad thing, how do we know we can trust you?”
How on earth could she respond to this question?
How would you respond?
What can an answer to this question reveal about the nature of trust?