My friend and neighbor, Pat Burns, made a valid and very simple defense of Ray McKnight — "let those without fault, cast the first stone."
I fail to see what was accomplished or beneficial in the public humiliation of someone who has spent a lifetime promoting local sports. I am surprised at Puckett using Facebook in such a manner, with student participation, especially since Ray is not an employee of NHS or the School System.
Also, this should have been an in-house conversation and not addressed in an editorial letter to the public. The NTH did not do Ray justice by using a front page headline to announce his severance from NHS as a firing.
Employee dismissal in any climate does not receive such fanfare. During my student days at NHS in the ‘50s, this type of hype would never have been permitted.
According to the news statement, Ray's comment was in response to a Facebook comment. Why did we not see the comment? I believe Ray's comment was in anger as his family most likely was acquainted with the Dow family over the years, as both families operated big farms in the area and the McKnights were agricultural suppliers.
How many of those making comments were even aware of the circumstances surrounding the case?
Ray has apologized, and we all need to be reminded of another quote: "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."