Letter to the Editor: 'Unacceptable Behavior' from Students Using Boathouses
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The following letter was submitted to Georgetown Patch on Saturday. Links and photo added by Patch.
Well, I think we need to talk.
Yesterday at about 3:30pm, hordes of students were left off by bus on 27th Street and Virginia Avenue, NW.
I live in the neighborhood and was taking an afternoon walk in the marvelous weather. The sidewalk is quite narrow on that stretch of Virginia Avenue and difficult to allow more than two persons walking side by side.
The students, however, bunched and walked in a line of four to six on their way to the Potomac boathouse...unable to let anyone by. Nor did they make any effort to do so.
Since I was going in the other direction, I waited for them to see me and then leave me room to pass. They refused to yield and as a result I was knocked against a wall. I said "Please" to a tall red head-who said "Oh gee I am sorry" and moved a bit. I just was about to pass them when a nice looking African American boy with short cropped hair yelled to me, "You are an old lady and shouldn't be walking here."
WAS I MAD? You bet I was.
And as a result I send this multiple email to ask those of you in charge of these schools to get to the students as well as their parents. This is unacceptable behavior; you know it as do I.
Since the incident, I have been told by three other neighbors that they have experienced the same behavior at other times.
Written by resident, Kerry Stowell.