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Do you belong in the what's wrong column?

Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at 10:59 PM

The Times-Gazette has given its readers an opportunity to voice their opinions through reader responses and blogs.

This should be an opportunity to give praise where necessary and object to things we feel are wrong. How much was that opportunity damaged this week?

Yes, I'm referring to the incident at Liberty School.

I've never objected to anyone having an opinion. My name and often my ugly picture had been over practically everything I had to say during the years I was sports editor and also covered the police beat at the Times-Gazette.

And my name and picture are associated with what I have to say on this matter. I have no use for those who hide behind fences so they can't be seen and throw rocks.

Are some of you proud you did just that to Dawn Bobo?

Do you think it takes courage or make you look big to jump on someone when they are down and going through a really tough time in their life...or is it hide in the pack mentality.

Those who investigated the incident say she made a mistake and quickly reported it as such. Others go on the two worst news sources in the world..."they say and I heard."

Do those who got completely away from the school incident and tore into her personal life feel proud of themselves?

This brings to mind an incident that happened several years ago. I had covered a bad crime and took the crime scene photos in the wee hours of the morning. Later that day a local businessman informed me I didn't "have it right" in the T-G.

He explained that wasn't the way he had heard it over coffee at a local drug store that morning. I asked if any of the coffee drinkers had been at the crime scene. He stammered around and finally said those doing the talking hadn't been there. When I asked him for names so I could interview them his mind suddenly went so blank he couldn't remember any of them.

Reader responses and blogs give us the opportunity to voice our opinions, anonymously, about what's wrong in Shelbyville and Bedford County.

Did this incident indicate some of us should stand back and take a long look at ourselves to see if we belong in the what's wrong column?

The alternative is to slink back into the shadows where you can't be seen and bark loudly.

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Great points, long overdue. Maybe they'll mean something coming from you.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Thu, Dec 20, 2007, at 7:32 AM

Amen . . . Mr. Melson is exactly right. Everyone has an opinion but many times we jump to conclusions before we even know the fact and place judgment on people that we have no right to judge. It's really sad what some people have said about this issue at the expense of a decent person who made an innocent mistake and was honest enough to admit it and try and make it right.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Dec 20, 2007, at 7:49 AM

Thank you for this blog.

Again, I appologize to everyone for my outburst on the story's blog.

When someone starts running their mouth without the facts, then I get hot headed...a huge weakness of mine (ask my husband about it). LoL

Bobo will get a fair trail. I have faith in that, and wish people would stop throwing stones without the facts.

God Bless Bobo's family for all they are going through!

-- Posted by Mary on Thu, Dec 20, 2007, at 8:35 AM

I hope it is a very small minority that gets so nasty under the veil of anonymity.

It must be terrible to live with that much anger built up, but the beauty of the blog is that I can stop watching it once it turns bitter.

An honest, thoughtful debate is invigorating. But when it turns personal and nasty, I'm gone.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 20, 2007, at 8:36 AM

The above comment should read "maybe it'll mean something coming from you." SORRY!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Thu, Dec 20, 2007, at 8:38 AM

I had a friend in a psychiatric hospital a while back that has a hand gun. Her Dr. called me and told me she would not be released until the gun was gone from her home and could I go and get it! I did and confirmed this with her Dr. and she was released.

I dont have a gun permit but I did something a Dr. ask me to do! I locked it in my glove box and took it out when I got home. I would hate to think if I got caught with it in my vehicle my name and personal life would be smeared all over Bedford Co. and the internet!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Thu, Dec 20, 2007, at 9:42 AM

You are awesome Bo! I admit that I have been reading the garbage on this blog and been completely disgusted by some of the hurtful comments that have been wrote. You, being the decent man that you are, made me realize that good people see the good in others. Some people should really check themselves before they throw stones.

I am satisfied that if some of the cowards on this website could anonymously do hurtful things to Ms. Bobo or her family (other than the verbal damage they have already done) they would, and that really says enough about their character.

-- Posted by shannont on Thu, Dec 20, 2007, at 9:52 AM

Very good information here. I don't have any children there nor do I know Dawn or how the incident took place, so I didn't comment on it. I did have questions regarding anything incident and why nothing was done about those.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sat, Dec 22, 2007, at 7:17 PM

I, however, do know Ms. Bobo. She was my teacher about 24 years ago. She was a good teacher and a wonderful person in general. I do not know all the facts regarding this incident, however, I do know that it is a Federal offense to bring a gun on school grounds regardless of the reason. I do have children at Liberty and the fact that a responsible adult that is in charge of educating my children brought a fire arm inside the building with them is very disturbing. I do not think that she would ever intentionally hurt a child, but the simple fact is that she broke the law and accidents happen with guns quite often. They call them accidents because they are not intentional. Just because she is a teacher, that fact should not put her outside the law. The law does not care what your occupation is...or it shouldn't care. By what I have seen and knowing the justice system in Shelbyville, she should be alright. I wish her the best but as an educator, she should have turned around and taken the gun back to her house and been only late for work instead of going inside and knowingly committing a crime.

When my son was in third grade, he picked out a toy water gun as a present to trade at his Christmas party. He was not allowed to exchange gifts. The boy that was supposed to get a gift from my son got his gift instead and my son came home heartbroken. If a child is punished for a toy gun (a very noticable toy), then she should accept the consequences for bringing in the real thing...plain and simple. My son's experience has left its mark. A toy gun caused him not to be able to participate and the consequences of not getting a present has scarred him as he still has a memory of this incident. If a toy gun can have such an impact in his life, why should she be able to get off free and clear for a gun that could actually inflict bodily harm?

-- Posted by evil camel on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 12:27 AM

Good entry, Bo. I've known you for years and really appreciate what you've done for Bedford County. I can remember you taking pictures at little league games 30 years ago. I can remember you taking pictures of us during baseball when I played for Community High School in the early 80's. I've always enjoyed your company and respected your opinion.

You are right on with this statement about the comment section that has became so popular on most online news publications. It gives every mean-spirited person who was always afraid to speak out, a new avenue to vent without the fear of retaliation. I'm using my real name here to show that I have no problem letting people know where I stand on the issue you mentioned.

Dawn Bobo taught me in 4th grade while at Community. She was Dawn Swing at the time and was always one of my favorites. She made school fun and we all loved her for it. I honestly doubt there is a mean bone is the woman's body. Her love of her students was never in doubt. We knew we could depend on her and I'd like to believe she had a lot to do with the type of person I turned into. Not sure she would won't that on her resume, but I owe a lot to this woman. To read some of the mean-spirited and hurtful things that were said broke my heart. I doubt any of the negative comments would of been forth-coming if those people were forced to reveal their identity.

I'd love to see the format changed to require people log on under their verified real name. That would definitely decrease some of the public bashing that has happened in the past.

From the Bible, John 8:7 (King James Version): ... and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Good luck, Mrs. Bobo, I'm stand beside you!

Mike Molder

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Tue, Jan 8, 2008, at 12:42 PM

Hum, I thought I didnt know her until reading Mikes post, Mike was a grade ahead of me in school. I do remember her as Miss Swing at Community and everyone thought she was wonderful!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 8:37 AM

Okay, Disgusted, you have gotten my curiousity up now. Can you drop a hint as to who you are?

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 9:35 AM

I have dark hair, an older sister with blond hair and I was one of your first girlfriends....

-- Posted by Disgusted on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 11:09 AM

Awww, an old love connection! Yay!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 11:45 AM

Since I only went out with a couple of girls from the class of 86, I'm assuming your older sister was D.B. Hope all is well with you and you recovered from our break up....LOL.....I'm only kidding. Nice to hear from an old friend.

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 11:50 AM

You got it! It was rough but I recovered... Wait a min. I broke up with you!!!! LOL, good to see you on here. Hope all is well!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 12:56 PM

To be honest, I had no idea who broke up with who, but it appears we both survived it... I've now got a 16 year old son driving and am in my second marriage. I also have a 13 year old daughter and two step-children from my current wife that are the same ages as my kids. Four teenagers in one household.... Life will hopefully go back to being simple again in a few more years and the kids have all left for college. I love them all to death, but I understand what kind of a terror I must of been for my parents now...

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 1:08 PM

Nah, you were alway a good guy! I know what you mean though we have 5 all still at home, 4 thru 21 and they will drive you insane...

-- Posted by Disgusted on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 2:49 PM


I saw on another thread that your kids attend Cascade. Are any of them involved in sports? All four of mine are involved in various sports at Cascade, but I don't recall ever seeing you at the school. My daughter was recently named homecoming queen at the junior high basketball game. I had the fortunate luck of getting to escort her during the ceremony. Been over twenty years since I was included in homecoming pictures...LOL

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Mon, Jan 14, 2008, at 10:46 AM

My daughter and step daughter are both in high school and not involved in sports at all. My step daughter was in the football homecoming earlier in the year. My step son played football last year but has taken up skateboarding as a full time hobby. We've seen you there a few times from a distance, you know how crowded it can be. Also, they all just started there last year after we got custody of my step children. I hope my 4 yr. old will be interested in sports but at the moment he wants to be like his brother and skateboard too...Just my luck!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Mon, Jan 14, 2008, at 3:26 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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