I would like to ask everyone a question. How can we, as parents, teach our children about the negative effects of bullying when we don’t practice what we preach? As many of you know, the local gossip has been on Amy Dodson, local resident of Rappahannock County. You all have read of the mistake that Amy made that has affected your trust and our local school’s trust in her.
She has admitted her fault and is currently working very hard to make things right. However, I feel most of you are judging her too harshly before actually knowing who she is. I have known Amy since grade school and we have been great friends since. Although Amy’s mistake lies right in the heart of our schools, there is more to know than what we have heard about.
Amy has spent countless hours in our schools for the last two years as a substitute, assistant cheerleading coach, concession manager, fundraiser director and mentor. This also meant lots of hours away from her own family. She has always stepped in to take charge of and assume responsibility for any situation that involved the children of RCES and RCHS. As the assistant cheerleading coach, she would stay an extra 45 minutes after most practices to wait with the girls whose parents couldn’t make it on time, although I believe it is the head coach’s job to ensure the safety of the squad. When no one could work the concession stand at the school functions, she volunteered. As I said, Amy always stepped up. She provided transportation on more than one occasion for kids whose parents could not make it happen. I don’t have enough paper to tell you all the wonderful things about her.
I am not trying to put her on the cross. I simply ask you give her the chance to rectify this mistake; only she and her family have to deal with the consequences emotionally and mentally. We are all human beings. God gave us all the blessing of “choice” – to forgive or hold the grudge in your heart. Which will you do? My children attend RCES and RCHS, and I forgive her. I know she will make this right for the children. Amy may never gain your trust again, but she could use a little less gossip than what continues to plague her family. Please, give Amy and her family the chance to live a normal life again.