Ogdensburg School District Settles Athlete's Complaint

Feb 11, 2010 Read more: www.mpcourier.com 44

The Ogdensburg City School District has agreed to pay $2,000 to settle a complaint claiming a basketball coach grabbed and pinned a player to the bleachers during a game last year.

A notice of claim was filed in April by Mary Carmody, on behalf of Zachary Main, against the school district, the Board of Education, Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey, Athletic Director Anthony Bjork and basketball coach Michael Sargent, according to St. Lawrence County clerk's office records.

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jerry

Little Falls, NY

#1 Feb 11, 2010
Both the coach and the the man who lied for him should be fired. How long are we going to put up with this socialist, greedy teacher, under=performing, unionized criminal joke. 85% teacher,15% student dollars. Time to wake up and demand competitive schools and teacher testing for ability and competence. No more guaranteed jobs at taxpayer expense. Our school board is a joke !!!
Alumus Athlete

Syracuse, NY

#2 Feb 12, 2010
If it can be established beyond a reasonable doubt that a coach or teacher engaged in a violent act against a student, the coach or teacher should undergo sanction or discipline--in the case of a teacher, a local 3020a proceeding or if the parents really want a piece a NYS Education Department 3020a disciplinary proceeding. Settling for a fee just adds a dark cloud over the school district administration and the teacher. I can say, however, that I have attended several sporting events involving this coach. during baseball season, I must disclose that he does in fact berate players, yelling and screaming at them. it seems to me that he has some anger management issues, and the district should mandate that he complete successfully an anger management program before he is allowed to coach any sport at OFA in te future.
MuddyWaters

Clinton, NY

#3 Feb 12, 2010
Why would a parent settle for the money? Did they hire a lawyer and go to that trouble just to get less than what they paid the lawyer? I don't think so. If it was my kid, that coaches butt would be swinging in the breeze. No one should be allowed to manhandle or berate publicly any student. Those parents need to return the check and go full bore after that coach and the school district if all this is actually true.
Weepop02

Gouverneur, NY

#4 Feb 13, 2010
This coach/teacher has attacked two more players since this incident. The school was a joke under president John Wilson and is still a joke. The school will end up paying more tax payer money if a student is injured.
Weepop02

Gouverneur, NY

#5 Feb 16, 2010
The Ogdensburg school district needs to investigate coach/teacher Mike Sargent! Sargent has a anger problem, and it needs to be addressed.If anyone has ever been attacked my Sargent post it here.
Moi

Roanoke, VA

#6 Feb 16, 2010
Weepop02 wrote:
The Ogdensburg school district needs to investigate coach/teacher Mike Sargent! Sargent has a anger problem, and it needs to be addressed.If anyone has ever been attacked my Sargent post it here.
That SOB needs some Icy Hot in his jockstrap. Kids don't need an adult giving them complexes. Fire him already!
Buffy Slayer

Syracuse, NY

#7 Feb 16, 2010
Explain to me how a school district can justify hiring a canadian special ed teacher when our county has many qualified us citizen special ed teachers? sounds like a human rights complaint to me. Why be an an educated us citizen with a special ed background? Please continue to pay off my student loans. hire more canadians.
just me

Gouverneur, NY

#8 Feb 18, 2010
our school board, and superintendent has failed... the taxpayers and our students of OFA. coaches and teachers need to be under a fine microscope "everyday"...includi ng drug testing. i think sargents have hosted a party where students were there drinking, and what has ever been done, the school system punishes the student makes them the examle, not the adult/teacher/coach..it makes me sick! and believe me if you gripe at school, it makes it difficult for your child. one would think after such an incident, sargent would be on good behavior, but not so..just go to a jv basketball game and watch...its degrading to those kids...and go to baseball in the spring, same thing with the dimwit corbine assistant coach, that is not certified with section X to even coach! its the same way with the way this city is ran a (few city council members)..by idiots!
Someone

Gouverneur, NY

#9 Feb 27, 2010
You know what I think of this district?
The entire district is filled with asinine administration - I'm looking at you, Tim Vernsey. I'm looking at you, Kevin K. Kendall. I'm looking at you, Cynthia Centofanti. I'm looking at you, Rent-a-cop Grady.
You run your school like a bag of power tripping assholes and each and every one of you should be fired and replaced.
Citizens of Ogdensburg, what I suggest is done is to protest at local board meetings and let them have your mind.
Moi

Roanoke, VA

#10 Feb 27, 2010
Someone wrote:
Citizens of Ogdensburg, what I suggest is done is to protest at local board meetings and let them have your mind.
How can you b1tch when it's obvious you never got past sixth grade? "What is suggest is done is to protest?" That makes no sense. "And let them have your mind?" I see your's has already been taken. I'll keep mine, what little I have left of it.
mike sargent ASS ault

Ogdensburg, NY

#11 Jan 13, 2011
Mike Sargent assaults CHILD again While City Officials Watch and Do Nothing.. watched it tonight coaches vs. cancer.. Massena vs. OFA.. 01/13/11..

Quite a show.. How impressive that we, the City Of Ogdensburg, still employ a violent offender that still teaches and coaches our young children,after most recently, 2010, paying off civil charges against him/us/the city previously. Probably others...

Chest butted a student(while screaming turning purple) across the floor in front of every official at OFA, Centefani, Bjork, Henry, etc.. MS brother Scott had to pull him off of the JV kid..Full crowd. Whole crowd saw this.. How embarrassing that we (city) still employ the only person that feels that he can do whatever he wants with kids.. Who is the leader here and why is this "teacher" of violence obviously still employed by the School/City?

Give me a break, Bullying in schools, let's start with the people who teach it.. This is a so called coach/teacher of 5th graders.. Anger Management should start at the adult level before the person is allowed to teach our children.. MS missed his last class..

Closet Ped??? Ask those that have played for him what they do in 5th grade in the shower when the teacher who happens to be a so called 5th grade SCIENCE TEACHER, decides to shower with them.. Then after and after and after.. Varsity, JV, 5th grade pick your poison, if no one ever calls you out on it you get away with it under everyone's nose. Perfect profession for the witty non-convicted PED.

No matter, he needs to go.. We pay for this piece of crap to not only teach kids but to take up their extra curricular activities with his questionable at best, not able to deal with his own kids, take advantage of others fantasy..

WHO ELSE HAS BEEN TRAUMATIZED BY Mike Sargent.. I'm sure there is a long list.. Just because you were told showering with your teacher in 5th grade was normal doesn't mean it was..
mad

Hammond, NY

#12 Jan 13, 2011
If the people we entrust to teach are abusers or professionaly lacking,they can be reported to a higher level. I don't mean OFA,go as high up the chain as it takes. Put it in writing and keep records. If nothing else works team ban together.He will change or leave.
NYS DEPT OF ED CAll

Ogdensburg, NY

#13 Jan 13, 2011
Obviously since your "City" and "School" officials will not fire this person, I have read all the posts . Someone should call NYS dept of eduction to file a formal written complaint. This is not acceptable behaviour and others go to prison for this. Before someone get seriously hurt or abused by this person any more call NYS, I think there is a toll=free number
go blue

West Monroe, NY

#14 Jan 13, 2011
He's retiring you dumb F@#$s!!
Comical

Little Falls, NY

#15 Jan 13, 2011
I don't agree with the school board or the administration at OFA, nor do I like the majority of the teachers. I think they're beyond a joke, they should all be put in their place. FIRED ON THE SPOT!!!!!
That being said, I've had plenty of run-ins with all the above that have been named; but quite frankly it's none of your business. It wasn't Mr. Main who brought this upon himself, it was a BYSTANDER that decided to act. Mary Carmody you've caused this boy more problems then you think you've solved by FILING CLAIMS against them. I agree that people should be accountable for their actions, but sadly the kid isn't in charge and he's the one who has to look these people in the eye everyday, NOT YOU! Keep your fucking nose out of peoples business...

I can name PLENTY of kids who have gone through the Ogdensburg Basketball system who would praise Mike Sargent; he's an old fashion type of guy, it's sad that we belittle teachers and coaches who put kids in their place. This world is full of arrogant litte bastards who think they can run around and do whatever the fuck they want. Back in the day, kids would get slapped at school and then beat at home if they DARED speak to an adult the way these kids act today. That's the problem with society, look at how this country is going.. You're telling me the current status quo is working? We PALE in comparison to past generations. But keep living in that little bubble, where kids can do NO WRONG and parents/adults are always at fault.

But why would I expect any half-intelligent conversatins to occur on topix.. It's rather COMICAL!
Comical

Little Falls, NY

#16 Jan 13, 2011
One last think I should add, you have no idea what the back-story of this incident is.. I didn't see why Mr. Main was taken out of the game, could it be that he was acting like a disrespectful little punk? He is known to be loud and obnoxious at Varsity games, he was KICKED OUT FOR A SEASON BECAUSE OF THIS.. You speak like the little fucker didn't deserve it, if I were a coach and a player was being disrespectful on the court i'd put him in his place too. THE KID REPRESENTS THE COACH, get it through your thick skulls that there are two sides to every story and then theres a right one.
Child Worship

Little Falls, NY

#17 Jan 13, 2011
Child Worship!
A Past Player

Syracuse, NY

#18 Jan 14, 2011
I played for Mr. Sargent for a number of years - Biddy up through highschool. He was tough but always fair. He didn't tell you what you wanted to hear but how it was. He pushed you to perform at 110% each and everyday.

He's passionate about what he does guys, nothing more. Let's not bash someone that obviously doesn't coach for the money,but rather because he loves it.

Mr. S - You were and still are an asset to the Ogdensburg community. A number of kids are far better off for having played for you. A number of these kids got some tough love from someone when they weren't getting anything from their parents.
Duhh

Gouverneur, NY

#19 Jan 14, 2011
What a jerk!! He should have been fired a long time ago. Does anyone know who the kid was and if the parents are going to press charges?
mike sargent ASS ault wrote:
Mike Sargent assaults CHILD again While City Officials Watch and Do Nothing.. watched it tonight coaches vs. cancer.. Massena vs. OFA.. 01/13/11..
Quite a show.. How impressive that we, the City Of Ogdensburg, still employ a violent offender that still teaches and coaches our young children,after most recently, 2010, paying off civil charges against him/us/the city previously. Probably others...
Chest butted a student(while screaming turning purple) across the floor in front of every official at OFA, Centefani, Bjork, Henry, etc.. MS brother Scott had to pull him off of the JV kid..Full crowd. Whole crowd saw this.. How embarrassing that we (city) still employ the only person that feels that he can do whatever he wants with kids.. Who is the leader here and why is this "teacher" of violence obviously still employed by the School/City?
Give me a break, Bullying in schools, let's start with the people who teach it.. This is a so called coach/teacher of 5th graders.. Anger Management should start at the adult level before the person is allowed to teach our children.. MS missed his last class..
Closet Ped??? Ask those that have played for him what they do in 5th grade in the shower when the teacher who happens to be a so called 5th grade SCIENCE TEACHER, decides to shower with them.. Then after and after and after.. Varsity, JV, 5th grade pick your poison, if no one ever calls you out on it you get away with it under everyone's nose. Perfect profession for the witty non-convicted PED.
No matter, he needs to go.. We pay for this piece of crap to not only teach kids but to take up their extra curricular activities with his questionable at best, not able to deal with his own kids, take advantage of others fantasy..
WHO ELSE HAS BEEN TRAUMATIZED BY Mike Sargent.. I'm sure there is a long list.. Just because you were told showering with your teacher in 5th grade was normal doesn't mean it was..
Do something already

Gouverneur, NY

#20 Jan 14, 2011
He's retiring in 2012. He should be fired before he kills someone the sick bastard. He doesn't have his own kids to beat on anymore, so he beats on other people's kids.
go blue wrote:
He's retiring you dumb F@#$s!!

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