A pos­i­tive should pre­cede the neg­a­tive

The Covington News - - OPINION -

As a so­ci­ety, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the neg­a­tive.

If some­thing dis­agree­able to any­one is said, we post, tweet and hash­tag it.

If a drop of hot cof­fee is spilled, we’ll seem­ingly sue first and clean up the mess later.

It’s a “how dare you do this to me; you’ll get what you de­serve” at­ti­tude.

Some of the par­ents whose chil­dren at­tended the Star­bound Dance Stu­dio and have had their hard­earned money stolen by its owner have got­ten fired up about it.

Sure there was anger, vengeance on their minds and crim­i­nal charges filed.

But it’s the par­ents who have acted quickly to en­sure their chil­dren and other dance stu­dents can con­tinue to do what they love who have shined in do­ing the right thing. Tom and Gina John­son and An­to­nio and Mea­gan Reid have moved the fo­cus back to the kids by team­ing up with Rhythm El­e­ments Dance Stu­dio to re­open Star­bound’s doors once again.

Sure, there was wrong done to them. But their chil­dren aren’t old enough to re­ally know that yet. But they will know that they can once again go to class and do what they en­joy — dance.

The John­sons and Reids may still be look­ing to get repa­ra­tions from the stu­dio’s for­mer owner Va­lerie Odom, but at least they took care of their chil­dren first. Be­fore the neg­a­tive came the pos­i­tive. We ap­plaud the fact that there are par­ents who act first in the right di­rec­tion, and who put the people who can’t yet fight back first — their chil­dren. They also show an ex­am­ple to their chil­dren — and oth­ers — that the ac­tions you take when you are wronged are those that de­ter­mine your char­ac­ter.

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