I am writing to applaud Buena Regional High School student wrestler Andrew Johnson and his parents for the dignified manner in which they are addressing the controversy surrounding the cutting of Andrew’s dreadlocks under duress prior to a match.
Neither Andrew nor his parents have sought media prominence. We have not seen them or their attorneys making the rounds on television news shows or holding press conferences (although a family attorney spoke at a Dec. 26 school board meeting.) We have not heard pronouncements of “racism” from the wrestler and his family.
This is a departure from what our society has devolved into, and I commend the Johnson family’s decorum in allowing the system and regulators to investigate and act appropriately.
Andrew can be seen in a video of this incident allowing his hair to be cut without fanfare or outrageous protest, then proceeding to compete valiantly in the match for the benefit of his team. He put his team ahead of himself. He was graceful and reserved.
I, for one, admire and respect the manner in which Andrew and his family are seeking resolution. I hope that their restraint and civility will serve as a model for others who may follow in similar situations.
Tod M. Thedy, El Paso, Texas
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