Disappointed that for some, ethnicity is a factor in rivalry between schools
Clearly we have excellent representation in the local branch of the NAACP with its president, Janice Walthour, and an articulate and dedicated representative for our local school system in Superintendent Scott Smith.
As a member of the local NAACP and executive director of the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, I attended the press conference Monday night mostly to support civility and multiculturalism, but also to learn the facts surrounding the altercation(s) at the Leonardtown High vs. Great Mills High football game on Sept. 28. I was greatly disappointed to learn that, for a small group of students, ethnicity is a factor in the rivalry between these two schools.
In fact, it breaks my heart after working so closely with so many local high school students in our summer internship programs (STEM and GIS academies, natural resources management at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center and our partnership rain garden project at Fairlead Academy I) to learn that we still have a few practitioners of hate in our student ranks.
I departed the press conference with optimism, having been encouraged by the passionate and forceful statements made by Walthour and Smith. The call by Walthour and the NAACP for a “hate-free school zone” is an excellent way to move forward, and I strongly support exploring this policy. Additionally, the students at Leonardtown High should consider a theme of unity and respect for their next football game.
Bob Lewis, Lexington Park