I have been following publications on the hiring, boycotting, and recent
resigning of Arnoldsburg Principal Dr. Gene Rizzo.
I have made every
effort to educate myself on the issue, and have done much
After reading yesterdays story on Dr. Rizzo's
resignation, I am writing to make it known that I am truly ashamed of
the people of Calhoun County.
I was born and raised in Grantsville, and
have always been very proud of my heritage. I was taught to love others,
even when it's hard to do.
I was taught to welcome newcomers to the
community, and most importantly, I was taught not to judge.
that I sound hypocritical; however I believe that Dr. Rizzo is a
basically good person, and is preceded by an excellent reputation for
ed It is my opinion those who protest his hiring do so
in an attempt to make themselves seem like better parents, and to
make feel important.
Having grown up in Calhoun County, I know many
of it's citizens and have been aware of many of the county's scandals and
I realize that we all want our children to
receive an adequate education in a safe and healthy environment.
I believe that, of all Calhoun County educators, Dr. Rizzo should have been the
least of parent's concerns.
There have been many educators in the county
who have made particularly bad choices in their personal lives, or have
even been accused of having improper relations with students, yet have
been forgiven and even welcomed by Calhoun County schools because they
were "from here!"
I believe that Dr. Rizzo has been persecuted, not
because the citizens of Calhoun County feel that his personal actions
were any more heinous than those of other educators, or that his
professional integrity has somehow been compromised, but because the
people of Calhoun County fear anyone new or unfamiliar.
conclusion, if the people of Calhoun County are so concerned with the
future of their children, they should focus on the examples they set,
rather than the educators they allow in the school system.
129 Calhoun St.
Grantsville, WV 26147