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WL-Salem Football Star Faces Assault Charge

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Lynch Mob

Marysville, OH

#1 Sep 21, 2011
WL-Salem student faces assault charge

West Liberty-Salem High School senior Micheal Mack was charged Tuesday with assault for a Sept. 2 incident at the school. Mr. Mack, 18, of rural Urbana, allegedly choked a 16-year-old student until he blacked out, according to a report filed by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred in the high school lunch room on a Friday afternoon. Administrators at the school called it a “friendly choke,” according to the report.

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WLS Dad

Catawba, OH

#2 Sep 21, 2011
I heard about this from my child. It's a shame Mack did what he did. When someone blacks out, there is nothing "friendly" about it.

I hope the charge sticks.
what a joke

Waynesfield, OH

#3 Sep 21, 2011
there is so much more to this story that people should know. Lets just say hopefully there will be some firings when it is all said and done, and mack should be punished more, and I do also hope the charge sticks !!
clinton bush

Mount Gilead, OH

#4 Sep 21, 2011
That sounds like a great community slogan...

Welcome to West Liberty
Home of the "Friendly Choke"

How well has Mr. Mack played the last few ball games, by the way?
JUST WONDERING

Trenton, OH

#5 Sep 21, 2011
The athletic dept will take care of this plater to make sure he doesnt get anything but community service compliments of Jake Vitt athletic director
WLS

San Mateo, CA

#6 Sep 21, 2011
What a joke!! Suspended from all sports for the year should be a minimum!! "friendly choke" "friendly ass whooping" wtf!!
no suprise

Mansfield, OH

#7 Sep 21, 2011
It was termed a "friendly choke" so he wouldn't receive school punishment and could still play football. If he was guilty of fighting, he would have missed some games. All of this is thanks to Dean of Students (and assistant football coach) Mike Freese. All of the administrators are corrupt and do whatever they want. Just remember this when they ask for more money.
Yahoo

Bucyrus, OH

#8 Sep 21, 2011
WLS wrote:
What a joke!! Suspended from all sports for the year should be a minimum!! "friendly choke" "friendly ass whooping" wtf!!
Is this China? Guilty until proven innocent I guess.
Fact Checker

Marysville, OH

#9 Sep 21, 2011
What actually happened on that Friday afternoon in the school of orange in a county not far away?
I wonder

Bellefontaine, OH

#10 Sep 21, 2011
Do they have cameras in the lunchroom?
Powerstroker

Frankfort, OH

#11 Sep 21, 2011
It sounds like the administration is downplaying what happened and trying to sweep it under the rug so that Mack can keep on playing and help the team keep their unbeaten record unblemished.

Dirty politics in my book. Do the honorable thing and suspend the player for the rest of the season. Hopefully this will go to court before the season is over and the judge has some balls to mete out the punishement Mack deserves.

First Ohio State, now WL-S, who's next?
WLS Dad

Catawba, OH

#12 Sep 21, 2011
More trash from outside of WLS district. WLS needs to shut down open enrollment to keep out this kind of garbage.

Mack LIVES with Jake Vitt, WLS athletic director. They will do everything they can to coddle this nasty criminal so they can keep their football stats up.
lol

Galion, OH

#13 Sep 21, 2011
The other student passes out and they say it is a "friendly" choke? Don't they realize how ridiculous that sounds?
Yahoo

Bucyrus, OH

#14 Sep 21, 2011
WLS Dad wrote:
More trash from outside of WLS district. WLS needs to shut down open enrollment to keep out this kind of garbage.
Mack LIVES with Jake Vitt, WLS athletic director. They will do everything they can to coddle this nasty criminal so they can keep their football stats up.
What kind of "trash" do you really mean?

You are slandering people with a lot of integrity without knowing any facts. Multiple witnesses felt the incident was petty. He was punished accordingly. Would you rather them give him a public execution to make you feel better about your secret insecurities?
mack daddy

United States

#15 Sep 21, 2011
He almost killed a younger child in a choke hold. He does live with athletic director Jacob Vitt. &-it appears WLS is trying to brush it under the rug just so they can have a better football program.
are you kidding me

Mansfield, OH

#16 Sep 21, 2011
Yahoo wrote:
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What kind of "trash" do you really mean?
You are slandering people with a lot of integrity without knowing any facts. Multiple witnesses felt the incident was petty. He was punished accordingly. Would you rather them give him a public execution to make you feel better about your secret insecurities?
Under what cicumstances is causing another person to "black out" a petty incident? Had that been a "regular student" and not a star athlete the administration at WL-S would have thrown the student handbook at them. It just proves once again WL-S administration cares only about scorecards and not the well-being of students.
Hope Not

Kenton, OH

#17 Sep 21, 2011
Yahoo wrote:
<quoted text>
What kind of "trash" do you really mean?
You are slandering people with a lot of integrity without knowing any facts. Multiple witnesses felt the incident was petty. He was punished accordingly. Would you rather them give him a public execution to make you feel better about your secret insecurities?
If you are a parent i am sure you wouldn't care if it was your son choked out. If this was my child it would not be swept under the rug like so many other issues that have happened in WL. DEFENDING THIS ACTION REALLY MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID. I am sure you were there and actually saw the choke, right? Deal with is like other schools would/ 2 to 3 game suspension. call it what you will, its a form of fighting and if the child passed out due to the choke would that not be at the very minimum, assault>
HAHA

Bowling Green, OH

#18 Sep 21, 2011
WLS Dad wrote:
More trash from outside of WLS district. WLS needs to shut down open enrollment to keep out this kind of garbage.
Mack LIVES with Jake Vitt, WLS athletic director. They will do everything they can to coddle this nasty criminal so they can keep their football stats up.
Unless Jake Vitt lives in "rural urbana" Michael Mack does not live with him.... This incident was not that big of a deal and that's exactly why Mack didn't get punished like it was.
Yahoo

Bucyrus, OH

#19 Sep 21, 2011
Does anyone on here believe in innocent until proven guilty?

So if it was in fact a minor offense, and the kid and his Mom are trying to make a big deal about nothing, would you still insist the kid get in trouble?

Would you prefer WLS throw the book at the kid, regardless of the facts, just to make you feel better about yourself?
WLS Dad

Catawba, OH

#20 Sep 22, 2011
Yahoo wrote:
<quoted text>
What kind of "trash" do you really mean?
You are slandering people with a lot of integrity without knowing any facts. Multiple witnesses felt the incident was petty. He was punished accordingly. Would you rather them give him a public execution to make you feel better about your secret insecurities?
I know many of the facts, not the least of which includes laying hands on someone and choking them until they are unconcious.

I repeat: An adult choked a minor until said minor was unconcious.

Choking someone until they are unconcious is, at minimum, an attempt to cause physical harm, which classifies as ASSAULT.

There is no doubt this happened, it's just a matter if the charges stick or not.

There is a good chance "serious physical harm" could be an element of the charge. If so, it will be a felony.

Ohio Revised Code 2903.13 ASSAULT
(A) No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause 'physical harm' to another or to another’s unborn.

(B) No person shall recklessly cause 'serious physical harm' to another or to another’s unborn.

Chapter 2901: GENERAL PROVISIONS
(3)“PHYSICAL HARM to persons” means any injury, illness, or other physiological impairment, regardless of its gravity or duration.

(5)“SERIOUS PHYSICAL HARM to persons” means any of the following:

(a) Any mental illness or condition of such gravity as would normally require hospitalization or prolonged psychiatric treatment;

(b) Any physical harm that carries a substantial risk of death;

(c) Any physical harm that involves some permanent incapacity, whether partial or total, or that involves some temporary, substantial incapacity;

(d) Any physical harm that involves some permanent disfigurement or that involves some temporary, serious disfigurement;

(e) Any physical harm that involves acute pain of such duration as to result in substantial suffering or that involves any degree of prolonged or intractable pain.

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