Those in authority positions are there for a reason - we believe placed there due to the character they possess in handling the toughest of circumstances.
Most certainly there comes an opportunity for them to prove they are worthy of the position. And while some pass the test, others falter.
It's our opinion that Barbara Logue, principal of Oak Glen High School, is one of those worthy of her title.
Logue was publicly put to the test this week. It was her job to untangle the incident that occurred at the end of the Oct. 4 high school football game between her school, Oak Glen, and Hancock County rival Weir High.
The result, thus far, included elevating offensive coordinator Jason Kekseo to the position of interim head coach. The status of Ian Whittington, head coach the past two seasons, was not reported.
An Oak Glen player also was disciplined, but neither the name of the player nor the action was released.
It was Logue's words the day before the announced discipline that made us believe she would do the right thing.
"Part of my job is to right a wrong. ... It's with a heavy heart that I've had to do some things, but, obviously, we have to set a tone for what we expect from students and coaches.
"We will not tolerate any bad language or any instances of anyone putting their hands on someone. We will not tolerate anyone not following the rules of the game. Good sportsmanship is one thing high on our list that we want our young men and women to abide by. Anytime you're wearing the Oak Glen colors or name, you're representing the school. We don't want the reputation of Oak Glen High School to be tarnished."
Logue was quick to react, both on the field and off it.
She quickly had law enforcement disperse the crowd that had gathered following the game, wanting calmer heads to prevail. She said she felt a responsibility to the those players, who don the school colors, to not undertake any further ill-will about the game. She also offered up an apology to Weir personnel that evening.
On Monday, the first school day following the on-field incident, she got down to business. She meet with school leaders, as well as football coaches and players.
Again, her words speak volumes.
"Participating in sports builds character. This is where (students) learn a lot of rights and wrongs, good character and good sportsmanship. ... The kids look to the adults for direction, so when they see an adult behaving poorly, they get the idea that they can do that too."
She was honest with the student-athletes, telling them she was disappointed in them. Logue expressed the importance of sportsmanship, how adults sometimes make poor decisions, how mistakes have to be corrected and how everyone deserves a second chance.
"They seemed to be very receptive. ... I think they knew there were a lot of mistakes."
It's our hope, this incident is a lesson learned.
We urge all those involved in high school activities, both participants and those overseeing the students, to heed the words issued by Logue.
".... you have to be respectful and you have to play by the rules. What you learn on the field is basically the rules of life."
Logue is the kind of leader we hope all our schools possess.