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BREAKING NEWS: Hodge apologizes to students, community
'My remarks ... were not delivered in the most ideal manner'
Sharon Brooks Hodge
Friday, May 3, 2013
Martinsville City Councilwoman Sharon Brooks Hodge has issued an apology to students and the community for the quilt controversy.
“I ask the students and the community to accept my apology,” a release sent by Hodge through Martinsville’s email stated.
Hodge took students from the Piedmont Governor’s School to task for depicting “a small black person” on one square of a quilt that was intended as a gift to the city.
“In the days since the April 23 City Council meeting, many in the community have been upset with my criticism of a quilt donated to the city by students of the Piedmont Governor’s School,” her statement reads.
Although “I stand behind the observation I made, I sincerely regret the contentiousness that has resulted. I do agree with the community consensus that my remarks to students were not delivered in the most ideal manner,” Hodge wrote in the release from Martinsville.
The release stated “it was never my intent to make the students cry, nor to upset those who watched” the meeting on the city’s channel. “... It is my hope the community can move forward.”
See an earlier story below.