Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Egg nog jog was harmless fun

Enough about the egg nog jog in Chardon. Get over it. It's not that big of a deal. So what if Chardon's assistant cross country coach Mary Pat Martin was there to witness it on the Chardon High School track over New Year's break. Aren't there bigger problems for teenage kids, their coaches and parents to worry about? I am the cross country beat writer for The News-Herald and over the years, I've witnessed plenty of kids throwing up before, during and after running. IT HAPPENS. This is not something new in cross country. Cross country kids are an eclectic group of athletes. They have to be a little out there to put in all of the miles they do in rain, heat and snow. These kids are crazy fun. So why not let them have a little fun? Focus on more important things like drugs in school, teenage pregnancy and more. I'm not proud to admit it, but we did things that were way worse when we were teenagers back in the day. Chugging egg nog and jogging wasn't one of them. In fact, I'm not going to even admit to what I did. I'm just glad there weren't videos of it posted on facebook. Coaches devote countless hours to helping high school athletes better themselves in so many ways. If they were paid what they deserve, they would be rich. But they aren't in it for the money. They are in it to enrich kids lives. That's what Mary Pat Martin thought she was doing. Parents were present with her and there was no alcohol involved. Kids were not forced to do this. They volunteered. So give it up. Enough about the egg nog jog. -Theresa Neuhoff Audia

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Mrs. Martin thought she was enriching kids' lives by encouraging them to drink and run until they vomited?

I like how you start your blog by saying enough about the event, time to get over it and it's not a big deal and then you write a whole paragraph about it.

January 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whomever wrote this is as disgusting as the 'coach'. As a resident of Chardon, I feel that this was completely absurd, as well embarrassing to the city. She was not ENRICHING any child's life by endorsing such an act. Absolutely DISGUSTING!

January 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're wrong!! How can this be considered harmless fun? If a kid ended up in the hospital would you still think it was harmless? How can anyone with a functioning brain cell think vomiting is fun?

Plus, it was stupid and wasteful. No coach, paid by tax dollars, should be condoning this.


And, I think it should be considered criminal.


Given the tendency for the police to criminalize poor judgment (to wit:
the case of the homeless man and his suitcase at the mall), why were
there no criminal charges filed in this case?

I can think of a number of potential charges. First, disorderly
conduct. I consider people deliberately making themselves sick to be
disorderly conduct.

Second, how about littering, or unsanitary deposition of bodily fluids?

Third, how about inducing panic. Anyone seeing those kids puking would
probably believe they had contracted some communicable disease. Or had
been exposed to a toxic chemical. Or even had radiation sickness.
Maybe it was terrorism! Call the HAZMAT team! Cordon off the area!

Apparently affluent kids can do all kinds of stupid and immature stunts
like this, and get away with it. But a homeless man leaves his suitcase
unattended, and he gets the book thrown at him, and rots in jail.

Welcome to justice (Just Us) in Amerika.

January 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, kids can do stupid things.

But adults are supposed to know better.

That is the reason for the outrage being expressed. The coach failed to
perform her role as the mature and responsible adult. She should have
prevented this from taking place. Instead she participated in it.

There also appears to be a difference of opinion as to the purpose of
schooling. Those of us who are disgusted by this incident believe that
school is supposed to improve and uplift juveniles. To not only impart
academic knowledge, but to build character. To accelerate their
development into mature, responsible, caring, decent adults.

Those defending the coach seem to believe that school is just a giant
frat party funded by the suckers - I mean taxpayers.

January 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM 

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