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The story about the very successful Relay For Life event in which Jonnie Mayor, event chairman, commented on the unruliness of some who attended drew these comments:
Anonymous said: My family and I attended the Relay for Life last Friday evening and I was appalled by the speaker’s extremely callous attitude. Apparently some kids were taking candles from the luminarias which, depending on age, is typical child behavior. I couldn’t believe it when she said that the Water Police Dept. would take a child to jail regardless of their age. I keep a very close eye on my child but the fact is you cannot watch them every single second. Would my three year old have been taken to jail had she taken a candle? Just wondering if there was anyone else who was offended by this as well.
Concerned commented: I don’t think her attitude was callous at all. It was not children who were destroying the candle and bags. It was teenagers. And, while I agree it is difficult to watch kids, a three-year-old is too small to be wandering around that park alone. That age child does have to be watched every minute. You are lucky that some of the bigger kids didn’t hurt your child.
I’m glad that I am not the only one who felt that way about the speaker’s approach. I do appreciate that she and her committee put in a lot of time for the Luminarias ceremony. However, there should have been a more tactful way of addressing the issue. I think that part of the problem is that most of the night was geared for adults. Other than the bouncy slide what were the kids to do? It was an accident waiting to happen.
Mom of two added: I won’t comment on the chairman, but I agree that no matter where you are, a three year old child has to be watched all the time. And, little kids or not, if they have home training, they won’t be destroying things that don’t belong to them.
And these assorted comments: There is no way this event would be as successful with anyone other than Jonnie in charge.
The problem was not when the candles were placed in the sacks. The problem was parents who didn’t make their children behave.
If more people would speak out, maybe the folks with bad kids would recognize themselves.
Way to go Jonnie!! Keep up the good work.
I think the Bible talks about sparing the rod and spoiling the child. Some of you need to blow the dust off of the rod.