COMMENTARY: When Cecil Scene first started, we did it with the idea that we would avoid news. We wanted to focus on the good things in Cecil County. Our focus would be sports, recreation, social living and the arts. No spot news. No city council meetings. Now, as word comes that one of the two students involved in last Thursday's accident has succumbed to her injuries, we are confronted with the intersection of sports and real life and we have to cover the news.
There are three things generally accepted as things that just shouldn't happen. Students shouldn't have to bury other students. Teachers shouldn't have to bury their pupils. Parents should not have to bury their kids.
The saddness and shock of this accident stretches well beyond the small community of Chesapeake City on the other side of the canal to all parts of the county. Vinc, a cheerleader and Bartow, a JV football player, grew up being active in the community. They went to school with many other kids in the area. They went to sports camps with other area kids.
Many members of Cecil County have turned to a Facebook page started by friends for updates. Early on those updates asked for prayers and support, but today the followers, close to 4800 strong, were delivered the news that Samantha Sue Vinc was not able to overcome the injuries sustained in the accident and died. Her boyfriend Dustin Bartow remains in critical condition.
As the Bohemia Manor school community copes with one death and prays they don't have to endure another, they have to prepare for another football game Thursday night. Members of the cheerleading squad are already preparing for a special presentation in honor of Samantha Vinc, but this loss transcends sports and speaks directly to the nature of life in a rural community like Cecil County.
Below are the outlets where you can voice support for the kids at Bohemia Manor, send condolensces and send prayers for Dustin Bartow, but we have a different idea. There are several football games Thursday night, with Friday being a scheduled day off for Cecil County Public Schools. If you are a Cecil Scene reader, and you don't have a football game to attend, we encourage you to make the trek to Bohemia Manor High School for their game against Rising Sun. It will be an emotional night for all involved and having the entire Cecil County community there to support them will help beyond measure.
Please take the time check in on your loved ones and ponder something, now very prophetic, said to me by a member of the Perryville football team after a game early in the season – "We try to remember you are never promised the next play." So true…
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DustinBAndSamV?fref=ts
Carepages Page: http://www.carepages.com/carepages/staystrongdustin