Abuse of a dog and a small child definitely do not warrant the same punishments, but I agree that this couple should be harshly punished. That is such an inhumane thing that they did to their dog!
Even though Tim McClendon has been ruled ineligbible, he will probably play against Sequatchee County next Friday night. Since SMHS cannot make the playoffs and another win being vacated doesn't matter, I hope that they let Tim play in his final high school game and that Signal whoops Sequatchee 100-0!! Should be a pretty intense game anyhow since most people think that the Sequatchee Principal is the one who brought this to the TSSAA's attention.
FACTS: drinking, partying, and fighting goes on at ANY school, public or private. I had just as many stories about busted parties and fights from my time at McCallie as my friends from Red Bank, Baylor, Notre Dame, CCS, and Soddy Daisy did. That's a part of life... that young people will at times make bad decisions that can have major consquences on their lives. The greatest things about my childhood on Signal Mtn was a great sense of community, my church having a great youth program to lead us and teach us how to become oustanding people and citizens, and my parents sacrificing their BUTTS off to raise me in a safe, positive community and then to ultimately give me the best educational opportunity at McCallie. It wasn't easy for my parents, and I thank them so much for their sacrifices as I am 4 years into my job at an excellent company that does business in all 50 states and is about to go international AND as I complete my Masters of Business Administration. My parents, the Signal Mtn community, and McCallie did very well for me. It's great that Signal Mtn families can send their kids to a public school and not have to pay thousands of dollars a year to give their kids an great education! There's no need to for everyone to hold a stereotype and have utter hate for Signal because the community has many successful, hard working parents and families. Most people on Signal have EARNED what they have in life. Signal doesn't have a rich history of wealthy families living there for generations like Lookout does. There are terms such as "old money" and "new money." If you HAVE to classify Signal as one, it is "new money." I could give you countless stories about people from Signal that I know sacrificing to give their kids great opportunities and how the adults that live there now came from modest and even poor families. They took advantage of life's opportunities and did well for themselves.
FACTS: you obviously don't know many "facts." Signal Mtn Middle-High School was funded mainly by the Mountain Education Fund (MEF). The MEF had been working over 10 years to get funding to build the middle-high school. One of the leaders of the MEF was himself a 2nd generation McCallie alum who sent his kids to McCallie as well because the middle-high school was not built by the time they got to that age. There's nothing wrong with a community raising money for over a decade to help build a state of the art school that many multi generation private school families would send their kids to. I went to McCallie, and though I currently live in Soddy Daisy, I hope to move to Signal within a few years so that my 10 month old son can one day go to SMMHS. Even my wife who went to Soddy prefers that our son either go to Baylor or McCallie or that our family moves to Signal so that he can go to SMMHS.
So get your facts straight about how much fundraising and hard work went into getting SMMHS built. There weren't a whole lot of tax dollars that went into that building, and the people who helped fund SMMHS also pay their fair share of taxes that help support all of the other schools in our county.
Signal should be ashamed that they offered a kid with a troubled past a great opportunity to play football and be taught by a great group of teachers who actually care for him and will spend extra hours with him to make sure he improves his reading comprehension and math skills. I know several teachers personally who have helped Tim and other students like him (athletes and non-athletes) at SMHS. Such a shameful place!! I'd never send my kid to a World Renown school whether I lived within the territory or had an option to file a hardship for him to go there... NEVER!! A great public school isn't worth it. I'd rather send him to Red Bank where they are failing on test scores and basic standards of education or be forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars for him to go to ND, CCS, MCCallie, or Baylor.
Thereal423: SMHS gives up 26 points a game... not bad especially since they score about 48 points every game.
SRICK: Maybe you forgot that Signal and Red Bank played in a one quarter jamboree earlier this fall... Signal won 13-0.
footballmom: What is your prediction for the game? I think it will be 63-21 Signal Mtn winning. Just curious how you think it will turn out?
How does revoking their beer license so that they can ONLY serve LIQUOR make this a better situation??? If anything, they should NOT be allowed to serve liquor since it usually leads to more amped up drunk violence than just beer does.
What is the record for most points scored in a high school football game in the state of Tennessee?? I hope Signal Mtn breaks that record next Friday night at Sequatchee County!! And no, I'm not a Signal Mtn student or graduate, I just want to see a good team whip another team whose coach was secretly snooping behind the other team's back to get them in trouble so his sorry team could make the playoffs.