Athlete's dad files suit over penalty

Full story: Chicago Tribune
The father of a Lockport football player and nationally-ranked wrestler has sued to overturn a high school's decision to ban his son from competing this year. Full Story
Abbie

AOL

#1 Dec 15, 2007
And yet another parent who is willing to go to any lengths so his/her child does not have to be accountable for his actions and decisions.The rules are for everyone else, certainly not a nationally-ranked athlete. Chewing and spitting tobacco in class? Give me a break. How disgusting. Bottom line .... he agreed to the policy; he lights up those cigarettes and chew that tobacco; no one forced him to do any of that. And now that the school is enforcing the very policy he agreed to, suddenly it's not fair? And bs to the "we're not fighting the intent of the policy". Would they be challenging the policy had the son not been suspended? Of course not. They want a case by case review so they can skirt the rules. Good for the colleges that stopped recruiting him. That shows they care somewhat about integrity and that there are things in life more important than winning a wrestling match. This father/son pair needs to wake up .... the son is addicted to nicotine. He's an athlete yet treats his body like this. If the father really wanted to help his son, he'd help him stop abusing his body and kick his addiction, rather than hiring a lawyer so his son can smoke and chew and spit without consequence or worry .... at least about wrestling, anyway. Instead of visiting a college, take him to a cancer treatment center and introduce him to someone who has mouth cancer.
Jim Mayotte

Bristol, NH

#2 Dec 17, 2007
This is the failure of the parents to talk with their child. Why is the parents supporting an underage smoker? Where does he get the money? Who buys his cigarettes? Roth is not a team player, he has two violations and just ignores them. The coach's support is not surprising since he is a star. Would their be support if he was taking steroids? I believe the school is correct.
Naked Cheer Picture

United States

#3 Dec 17, 2007
Naked Cheerleader Picture?
www.AlvinCheer.com
Hear the Drama, CHEER THE TRUTH
This Alvin Cheerleader story is an example of how lies can be perpetuated by the media when over zealous school officials with misplaced priorities take a stand before they know the facts. Now here is my family's side of the story.
I am the father of the cheerleader that took the "picture". Would you want your child convicted and sentenced with no evidence? Here are the facts:
No adult has reported to any officials that they have seen the picture as confirmed by Alvin Independent School District.
The alleged picture that has been reported by the two friends accused and the boy who received the picture is a very small, blurry picture of a "back" and nothing more with the person in the picture unidentifiable.
Kevin Quinn (ABC 13 News) admitted to me in a conversation on Wed, Nov 14 that the girl’s mother told him she has never seen a picture.
Police have found no reason to investigate this as a crime
The two friends are Hispanic and the accuser is Caucasian
The school principal, the news media and talk radio listeners overreacted, never questioning the validity of the story. The girls were suspended for 3 days and removed from the cheer squad with no evidence, at the command of an overreacting irate parent before the incident was fully investigated. The parents of the accused girls were not consulted before a decision to “convict” was made. The parents were only called in to be told the punishment. There was no consideration of the girls past conduct, grades or the fact that there was no malicious intent and no physical evidence but only “hear say”.
Fred

United States

#4 Jan 18, 2008
Cheerleader dad: that has nothing to do with this story. The dad admits he was caught for a 3rd time, not 1st. n There was no overreacting here, he knew the rules since he was already busted twice, and then still did it again.

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