So the notorious wheelman of the “Whitman 5” has been sentenced to 10 years in jail with all but 10 days being suspended. It truly is terrible that he has to serve any time in prison because I can tell you I personally would not want to spend 1 day or even one hour behind bars.
I feel sorry for the poor kid because he is just that. A kid. A kid who made a terrible mistake.
So while many of you might think I have something against Pat Lazear, well, I will try and explain to you as simply as I can, again, “No, I don’t”.
And as for those of you who think I hate Whitman High School, I will try and explain to you as simply as I can, again, “No, I don’t”.
- I don’t like parents, teachers, administrators and coaches who don’t do what is right for the child over their own self interests.
- I don’t like parents, teachers, administrators and coaches who don’t enforce the rules.
- I don’t like parents, teachers, administrators and coaches who help to create and foster an environment of entitlement that leads to illegal and despicable acts in and against the community.
- I dont’ like parents, teachers, administrators and coaches and fans who believe that they are being falsely targeted and picked on when one of their own does something wrong.
If that fits Whitman High School, then maybe I don’t like Whitman but it is for good reason and not just a subjective reason , like “you are not me.”
And let me cut off any any discussion or comparison to what has occurred with Whitman students and the five Damascus students who were recently arrested for going to Clarksburg High to start a fight.
The kids from Damascus were wrong and the administration at Damascus dealt with it swiftly and appropriately. They were all suspended and not given any special treatment regardless of who they were, what sport they played or any other factor.
How would I have reacted if I were to hear they had not been? I would have been on the phone to the principal and been blogging about it the next day.
So let’s all do what we can to prevent another incident like the Smoothie King Armed robbery from occurring again by holding parents, teachers, administrators and coaches accountable for behavior they could have influenced. And as fans, let’s reconsider what it is that makes someone worthy of our adoration.