I realize that in today’s social media that it is easy to cast a good person as a bad person; that has happened to Leonard Hitz, a good man who has been falsely accused.

The only way to really know a person’s heart and intentions is to, over time, watch and take note of their actions. The most recent attempt to color Leonard Hitz as one of those bad people is, in my opinion, another example of a very popular term in today’s society — fake news.

The YouTube video tries to portray Leonard in a bad light. But, as the reporter stated, the paper tried to get a reply from the anonymous provider of the YouTube video and got no response. We should not trust something that was sent anonymously through the mail, text or email.

I came to Garden City in 1994 and worked first as a football coach at the college; I also served as first the assistant athletics director and in 2008 became the head athletic director, and in 2012 I was reassigned as event coordinator. My last day at the college was Aug. 1, 2013.

During that time, I feel as though I have been able to make a decision about Mr. Hitz’s heart and intentions. He was the school’s activity bus driver for all different kinds of sports and college activities. He has gotten to really know many, many former student athletes, both male and female, as well as athletic trainers, coaches and normal students throughout the years. He does this because he cares about them as young adults and has always encouraged them to be the very best that each can be! His time donated to the BAA has been priceless: as a board member raising monies for athletic scholarships and assisting at athletic events such as running the timers table at men's and women's basketball games put on by the college.

The reason that he ran to be a member of the GCCC board of trustees was to be in a position to make sure that students come first, and to remind everyone that we should keep the community involved with our community college.

You don’t have to take my word for it, just ask anyone that knows Leonard Hitz; I would be willing to bet that they will tell you the very same! Ask one of those graduates in the YouTube video what he said to them.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

ROBERT LARSON

Garden City