In Nothing But The Truth, both Philip Malloy and Miss Narwins life gets changed after the public begins to interfere with their dismal relationship. However, not all of what occurred was Philips and Miss Narwins fault. The lie Philip instilled into the system was nurtured and cared for by others, and it took a life of its own. The three biggest components (excluding Philip or Miss Narwin) of their jigsaw of problems were Philips parents, the School Administration, and Ted Griffen. These people are the biggest players of the game, because they had the power to use and the ability to administer it.
They should have taken more responsibility and instead of letting the situation run away and get out of hand, they shouldve contained it so that it wouldnt explode in their faces. Philips parents had a huge influence on the outcome of the story. They were the driving force of Philips side. Without even thinking about both sides of the story, they automatically started a war-of-sorts against Miss Narwin. Philips parents should have listened to what Miss Narwin was saying. They should have paid more attention to the whole story, and should have kept a closer touch with Philip in general.
If they had been able to keep a closer eye on the situation, they might have been able to tone it down a bit. Philips parents also took their opinion too far. The fact that Philip got suspended simply for singing the national anthem is too unusual for that to be the whole story. Alerting the media and making it a huge deal was just overdoing things. The School Administration is another cause for the outcome. They ought to have stuck with Miss Narwin the whole way, because she was one of their teachers. They shouldnt have let the world hate her for something that she didnt do; they shouldve stood up for her because they knew the truth.
The administration was all talk and no work. They kept declaring how they couldnt afford the budget to not pass, but they never tried to do anything about fixing the situation until it was too late. When the superintendent eventually confronted Ted Griffen, it was too late to change anything. If they had been more proactive instead of waiting for the outcome, they might have been able to alter the ending and maybe save the budget too. Although he might not seem important, Ted Griffen was a huge element of this escapade.
Because his only motive was to be on the board of education, he didnt care what consequences would occur, and was willing to go to any extent to reach his goal. He manipulated the situation to his complete advantage. Since he knew that the public didnt want to pay for the budget, he used the schools dilemma as his campaign premise, and was able to hurl the situation out of control very easily. Because he appealed to the peoples needs, he could make feeble connections between the situations, and then draw on their agreement to give him votes.
Philips parents, the Administration, and Ted Griffen have a lot to account for. They were the dynamic influences, the people with opportunities to keep the situation in hand. As a result of bad judgment and planning, they caused Philip to eventually move to Washington Academy and for Miss Narwin to resign. Because they made the wrong the choices, and then the effects of their actions were truly revealed. They didnt wield their power properly, and both Philip and Miss Narwin suffered.