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Shirley crash victim recalled for his 'honor' - Sentinel & Ente...

There are 77 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 5, 2010, titled Shirley crash victim recalled for his 'honor' - Sentinel & Ente.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Officials at Ayer High School remembered Michael O'Clair with smiles, chuckles and respect Monday.

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stormin

Hudson, MA

#41 Jan 6, 2010
The S&E just set the bar for a new low. How despicable of them to print such trash while a family mourns the loss of a loved one and another family suffers with a family member in critical condition. Shame on you S&E for printing this article.
Erica Lynne

Acton, MA

#42 Jan 6, 2010
wowww danny i suggest you stop commenting this page!!!! if you dont know mike then really just stop, your not using your head! your sitting here thrashing someone that is dead over an accident! do you know for a fact that mike was driving? NOOOOO and either does anyone! the only people that know exacatly what happened are mike and jen. and neither family will be the same! incase you havent heard jen is expected to make a FULL recovery!!!! so if i were you i would keep your faith. your doing nothing but upset the people that loved and cared about Michael. This is a tragic ACCIDENT that happened, nothing but an accident.
Susan McCarron

Leominster, MA

#43 Jan 6, 2010
I pray that Laurie Daisy and Melanie Whittmier get some kind of counseling for sensitivity and professional. Who cares and why would you comment publically about whether this child failed a class or twisted rules!!! We lost a teenage child in my family and I would have been both angry and horrified if all the school representatives could comment about were things so negative!! No comment would have been better! Have some respect!!!
Sue from Shirley

Leominster, MA

#44 Jan 6, 2010
DonnyD is an ignorant, judgemental moron!!! I ride and raced dirt bikes for years with lots of friends who all wore equipment. We were all experienced riders who won trophies at most races we entered...and we ALL CRASHED every time we rode...and also got hurt...some seriously...with our equipment on! I have learned through life that people like you point out things you hate about yourself. Looks like you don't think very highly of yourself. Go look in the mirror DannyD!!

And shame on those teachers (Daisy and Whitmier). Shame on you!!
Kassandra

Braintree, MA

#45 Jan 6, 2010
It's about time the Sentinel put in some real quotes and told it like it is. Anytime something tragic in this area happens we hear the same thing over and over "he was getting his life together, he started his own business, he made mistakes in the past", etc. No shame on the part of the teachers here, and as Mike's friends, you would do much better to just let it go instead of making more ignorant comments for the world to see. I would be embarrassed if you were my friends, you're not making the situation any better. I have no idea who Mike is or was, but my reading this article had no bearing on the fact that a young life was lost and my thoughts go out to his family.
DannyD

Leominster, MA

#46 Jan 6, 2010
The more his friends talk about him, the more they sound just like his teachers. Sounds like he had problems.
The family and friends should grieve. But it seems strange that this is a simple accident with no negligence involved. I have two sleds, a bunch of dirt bikes and street bikes. If you have a passenger, you ride extra carefully. If he was riding extra carefully, would this have happened?
I'm just asking. It seems fishy. No one has explained how this could be a pure accident.
I've lost people to accidents caused by negligence and I don't put the person who caused the accident on a pedestal
Loop

Glens Falls, NY

#47 Jan 6, 2010
Wow... Danny D- What part of accident don't you understand? Seems to me your the one that needs to go back to school! Accidents happen and it doesn't do anyone any good to point fingers and try to pin the blame on someone, specially someone who's lost their life. I think you need to find a hobby, perhaps a job because you clearly have no life! Don't post again, YOU are causing people more pain!
No, Jenn didn't ask to be in a coma;; but Jenn got on the back of a snowmobile, Anyone in that situation knows the possibilitys are endless.

Erica &Kels;; Love You;; Hang in there <3

RIP- Michael O'Clair;;Always remembered;;Never Forgotten
Ex-cop

Leominster, MA

#48 Jan 6, 2010
I heard they went out after the Patriots game, were they drinking during the game?
Mikes Girlfriend

Acton, MA

#49 Jan 6, 2010
they induced jens coma idiots... to help her rest.. wow people need to get their facts straight
DLH

Memphis, TN

#50 Jan 6, 2010
FOR DISTURBED IN LUNENBURG THE YOUNG GIRL
IS NOT IN A COMA SHE IS ALIVE AND SLOWLY
MAKING HER WAY TO RECOVERY SHE HAS A LONG
ROAD AHEAD OF HER FOR HER FAMILY THEY ARE
RELIEVED THEY HAVE THEIR DAUGHTER ALIVE THEY
FEEL TERRIBLE FOR MIKE"S FAMILY FOR THEIR GREAT
LOSS!!!! THEY ALMOST LOST THEIR DAUGHTER
ACCIDENTS HAPPEN AND WHEN YOUR YOUNG YOU
DO NOT THINK LIKE AN ADULT... IT's A TRADGEDY
WHAT A SHAME
KTH

Cambridge, MA

#51 Jan 6, 2010
I did not know Mike but a lot of my friends did. This is a tragedy for all involved and it really doesn't matter if he failed a few classes or didn't graduate high school in the grand scheme of life. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends. They are going through a horrific time right now as anyone who has ever lost a friend will know. I pray for the speedy recovery of his friend Jen so she can get back to her children. Let the environmental police do their jobs and find out what really happened here before crucifying someone who lost a life. No matter what there will always be those people who have their opinions and I hope that Mike's friends and family will just ignore them and remember your friend for who he was to you, because really, that is all that matters!!!
Katie

Pepperell, MA

#52 Jan 6, 2010
This breaks my heart to see some of these disrespectful and judgemental comments here. Please stop stirring the pot. It's bringing more unnecessary pain and stress to a lot of people. This is a blog to honor and keep Mike's spirit and memories alive. Not to fight. Let's focus on coming together and comforting each other in this time of mourning. For the sake of Mike's family, girlfriend, friends, and Jen, let's put this to rest and help each other cope.
KMT

Pepperell, MA

#53 Jan 6, 2010
anyone who has anything bad to say.. I really truly feel bad for you because you clearly never had the chance to meet mike. Mike may have been the class clown and gotten into his share of troublle but who hasn't! He was one of the best friends anyone could ask for. He was a friend to everyone and he truly cared about each and everyone of his friends! It was a blessing to have such a good friend in my life. This world is truly missing a wonderful and beautiful person! Buts it's god's turn to have him now! He will be so missed!!
get real

Fitchburg, MA

#54 Jan 6, 2010
Something to think about here. I do believe in the "don't speak ill of the dead" mantra, but consider that reporters write what they do to get people reading thier story. More controversey, more readers. The teachers in the story did not probably get asked "exactly what would you like the quote in the paper to be", instead they talk to you for 5 minutes or so and write only one sentence that you actually said, they could have said plenty of nice things about this kid and you or I would never know.

On the other hand, I am a teacher and I have had kids that I've taught pass away, some the best kids in the world, others not so much, and If I were asked in all honesty, for a comment I might say "that kid was a huge pain in the ass to everyone he/she ever met, but it still sucks that they died so young"
DannyD

Leominster, MA

#55 Jan 6, 2010
I raised what I feel are legitimate questions about this accident. Having said that, if my comments made friends and family of Mr. McClair upset then I sincerely apologize. Your pain is great enough without me piling on.
Please accept my regrets for my poor judgment.
Holly

Gardner, MA

#56 Jan 6, 2010
Katie wrote:
This breaks my heart to see some of these disrespectful and judgemental comments here. Please stop stirring the pot. It's bringing more unnecessary pain and stress to a lot of people. This is a blog to honor and keep Mike's spirit and memories alive. Not to fight. Let's focus on coming together and comforting each other in this time of mourning. For the sake of Mike's family, girlfriend, friends, and Jen, let's put this to rest and help each other cope.
Nicely put katie
ejane

Pepperell, MA

#57 Jan 7, 2010
I cannot believe these negative comments in this newspaper article.. it serves no purpose.. Let the family rest in peace.
You are incorrect

Leominster, MA

#58 Jan 7, 2010
Katie wrote:
This breaks my heart to see some of these disrespectful and judgemental comments here. Please stop stirring the pot. It's bringing more unnecessary pain and stress to a lot of people. This is a blog to honor and keep Mike's spirit and memories alive. Not to fight. Let's focus on coming together and comforting each other in this time of mourning. For the sake of Mike's family, girlfriend, friends, and Jen, let's put this to rest and help each other cope.
This is a public commenting forum. People have a right to their opinion, whatever it may be. The "blog" for keeping "Mike's spirit and memories alive" can be found in the guestbook and blogs section under the obituaries. Thank you.

That being said, I too agree this article could have certainly left out some of the negative comments made by the teachers. Ayer High should be made to print a public apology to the O'Clair family. Teachers are public servants, and thus should be held to a higher moral code like police officers, or the military, as their paychecks come from our tax dollars.
Katie

Pepperell, MA

#59 Jan 7, 2010
To respond to your comment, everyone is entitled to their opinions, yes, but I know for a fact that some of these comments left here have been REALLY bothering people and adding unnecessary stress to their lives. Some of these people reading the comments are mourning, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
DannyD

Leominster, MA

#60 Jan 7, 2010
As perhaps the biggest offender I hope my apology at least does some good. It was poor judgment on my part to raise the questions I did on this forum.
I'm glad to hear the female victim has a good prognosis.

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