I am writing in response to the letter to the editor by Kim Love [“School board, govern thyselves,” Feb. 14] and someone else from outside Rappahannock County last week about fan behavior at sports contests [“Leading by (poor) example,” March 7]. It is obvious to anyone who attends these events that the school board member she is complaining about is Amy Hitt, the Jackson district representative.
Amy Hitt is loud, all right – so loud that once, last fall, when she posted on Rappnet that she would be unable to attend an away volleyball game, it prompted former superintendent Robert Chappell to reply, “There goes half our volume.” She is loud, but she is not rude. What she yells is encouragement to Rapp players. She does not insult players from the other team, coaches for Rapp teams or our opponents or referees.
I have been attending Rappahannock sports events for longer than either Amy Hitt or Kim Love, and I have heard Rappahannock fans who were abusive to referees, so much so that I was ashamed to be in the stands and feared that the refs might take their frustration with our fans out on our players.
This past year the only loud complaints about calls I heard were coming from fans of the opposing teams, not Rapp fans. It is time to drop this and let Amy Hitt cheer loudly for Rapp teams.