I am not here to judge and say whether is he guilty or innocent. All I can say, however, is I have known Mark Riel since 2000 and I am a former student of his from Pender County. He is a wonderful teacher, the best I have ever had by far. Taught me so much more than music -- he taught me about fair play, how to work as a team, and what is really important out of life. When I first met him, I had problems that I needed to work through. Mark Riel helped me become a better person through tough love and discipline. I support Mark always, not because I know blindly that he didn't do this, because I do not know that. I support him because of what he has done for me, my classmates, and every other student that he has taught since 1999. He does have a very polarizing personality, and either you love him or hate him. I have nothing but love for this man and his family.
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