I just read all 95 posts here, and I'm not sure if this discussion is still "live," but I have a few things that I would like to get off my chest, regardless if anyone reads this or cares.
Firstly, I attended CDS from kindergarten to 7th grade. My parents pulled me out before my last year there and opted for a more mainstream middle school to better prepare me for a more mainstream high school. Not that CDS' curriculum is very relevant, but I did learn a lot there. I know for a fact that I can attribute my public speaking skills to the experience I gained in the many formal presentations that Naff had us do. I was also able to begin to deeply develop skills that molded me into who I am today, in writing, art, and-- of course-- soccer.
Back on topic though, I was in the accusing girl's grade for the entirety of the time she was at CDS, save eighth grade. We were close friends. I have very fond memories of the countless times we would spend at her house. She was a lot of fun and a genuinely good person, when she wasn't around Naff. I have so many specific, vivid memories of situations between the two of them. They have stuck with me to this day because of how "off" they seemed back then, when I was just a child. A decade later and my friend (also at CDS at the time) can still recall the same exact memories. Some of these are more haunting than others, and would sicken parents to hear.
It blows my mind (literally, I was speechless for a while there) that so many parents posting on here are so utterly firm in their assertions, "beyond a shadow of a doubt," that Naff is innocent. It makes me quite literally sick to my stomach, and it makes my heart ache. I was angry at first, but now I am just so disappointed.
I do not have children. But I can certainly wrap my head around the concept that when it comes to your own child, you don't want to see what a little part of you in the back of your mind knows is there. I saw this in action with many of my CDS classmates' parents, my own parents, and I have a feeling that this can also be attributed to the girl's parents' perception 9 years ago.
I will spare you all the unnecessary details of my memories of Naff. They are incredibly consistent with those that other former students have already posted. And to the poster that likened the Naff mentality to that of Lord of the Flies... 100% spot on.
I pray so adamantly for this girl's continuing strength, for the emotional healing of Naff's son and the boy's sweet mother, for the clarity of mind and conscience of Sherri Naff, and for the truth to wholly and resolutely come out.
If anyone has any information on the trial, please let me know. I can't find any updates. Sorry for the ramble.