What was President George W. Bush thinking when he signed this bill into law on December 19, 2007? Oh, wait this is what he was thinking:
"Today we make a major step with the Energy Independence and Security Act. We make a major step toward reducing our dependence on oil, confronting global climate change, expanding the production of renewable fuels and giving future generations of our country a nation that is stronger, cleaner and more secure."
"The bill I sign today takes a significant step because it will require fuel producers to use at least 36 billion gallons of biofuel in 2022. This is nearly a fivefold increase over current levels," the president said. "It will help us diversify our energy supplies and reduce our dependence on oil."
You are absolutely correct with your statement," Why doesn't anyone mention about all the other athletes in the hamilton county school system that have real convictions still playing sports. " Why are these athletes allowed to play on team when they've broken the law and or rules? What sort of example is this setting for the rest of the student body in these other schools? And what sort of example has been set at Signal Mountain? Is this promoting an attitude where certain people are above the laws and rules that others must follow? And who decides who can or can't get away with it?
I apologize for not realizing the nuances between cited and arrested. My mistake doesn't change the fact that the law was broken. I also commend the football player for coming forward, but we both know that confession may be good for the soul it doesn't change the act that was committed. It shows the boy has good character and is slowly learning good judgement. I also agree that because this didn't happen on school property or at a sanctioned school function that there should be no punishment such as expulsion, detention, or any other the school has within it's power. What I do feel is that this player is priveleged to play on the team, as all athletes are. It is a privelege he earned through physical prowess, strength, and intelligence. It is also a privelege he forfeits when he (or any athlete in the school system) chooses to break the law. I'm not saying the child should be thrown to the wolves, I merely believe there should have been a consequence that spoke not only to him but the entire student body. That priveleges will be revoked if laws are broken.
This is not hate for Signal Mountain, but disappointment. There was chance for the administration to at the very least make a public show of condemning under age drinking, the principle and the coach took the easy way out and just pretneded nothing happened until the game was won and over. This sets a precedence at Signal Mountain and the sprots program there, 'Do what ever you want, just make it to the game on time...and even then I'm sure we'll cut you some slack."
I completely agree that kids will be kids, highschool students are going to experiment with drinking and some will get caught. These are all aspects of growing up and learning to be responsible adults. Dr. McCullough isn't responsible for their poor choices, but he is responsible for what is considered appropriate reactions to illegal activity by the school's administration. He is absolutley correct that those on sport's teams are held to a higher standard of behavior, because playing on any team is a privelege, not a right. By virtue of their skill, good grades and appropriate behavior on and off the field these athletes get to be a part of something not everyone else can or will be. I find it hard to believe that being arrested would not get someone thrown off of any other sports or academic team, except at Signal Mountain and when you're the quarterback and a state championship game is less than 2 weeks away. What the coach and the principle taught in their "teaching " moment was that winning is all that matters at Signal Mountain. The standards, the values, and the rules go right out the window if you can bring the school some glory. And in such a light, there is no way that this could be considered the best school in Hamilton County, because the best education is not just what is taught from books. Dr. McCullough has set the standard for behavior and comportment not just for the football players who were arrested but the entire student body, and the bar he has set is terribly low.
Dr. McCullough may be an experienced administrator, but that doesn't mean he is a moral or decent administrator. He has chosen to toss value aside for a state championship trophy. It is far more important for him to pad his resume than do what is right. I've been disappointed in him since the first day my children entered his school and have regretted that we live in this school district since our arrival.
Not every conservative Christian is an uneducated, racist, inbred Bible thumping Nazi. And not every liberal is an overeducated, elitist baby killing communist. Let's try not to fit millions of people into convenient sweeping generalizations. Some of these comments are small minded and an insult to the integrity of America.
When my children were rather young and prone to tantrums, I could always rely on pacifiers and time outs. Who would have thought that those same solutions could be used for many of the TN GOP candidates. I think they need to be reminded that the 'P' in GOP stands for 'party' not 'pouters'.