There has to be more to the story of the suspension of Heights Senior Class President Wesley Teague than just the tweet he sent out last week saying: “Heights U is the equivalent to the WSU football team”.
Was that one tweet really so incendiary that it warranted a week’s suspension for a youngster that, by all accounts, has never been a problem during his four years at Heights? Maybe the suspension was born from the reaction of other students to the tweet rather than what the tweet actually said—but even then---does the punishment fit the crime? On the surface it would appear not.
Educators have one of the biggest challenges in our workforce, for nearly eight hours a day we entrust them with not only the education of our children but their safety as well. Many that I know complain of the ‘babysitting’ element of their jobs, especially as it relates to students who aren’t interested in the academic process. Phones and other communication devices are so pervasive in our culture that it’s difficult to legislate their usage—but there has to be a strong policy towards their availability in schools, lest they become an overriding distraction—as they did last week at Heights.
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Did you know—
--that Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins was born in Arkansas City, Kansas? Apparently, he didn’t stay long as he attended high school in Las Vegas before attending a couple of Junior Colleges then Arizona State. He’s certainly done a nice job with the Grizzlies which appear to be the better team in their matchup with Oklahoma City, even if he doesn’t claim us—we’ll claim him on the already impressive coaching tree in Kansas.
I’m neither a Chicago Bulls lover nor a Miami Heat hater, but I would love to see the defending champions backed up at 0-2 in this series. I just think it would be interesting to see if they could fight back from such an untenable situation—especially on the road. Having said that, I think the Heat will drill Chicago tonight in Miami.
Speaking of which---
I’m filling up in Tulsa earlier this week and who should be standing next to me doing the same? Eddie Sutton, the pride of Bucklin, Kansas. We chatted for a few minutes about Wichita State’s run to the Final Four and how much he enjoyed watching the Shockers run. It’s interesting that Eddie’s son Scott, who remains the coach at Oral Roberts, was the first name bandied about after the departure of Mark Turgeon. To the point that an offer was reportedly on the table, an offer that Eddie is said to have strongly recommended to Scott. Of course, the younger Sutton stayed at Oral Roberts, Gregg Marshall was hired and the rest is beautiful history.
Hard to watch---
No, I’m not talking about any time I come on the TV, although I’ll leave that to the eyes of the beholder. I’m talking about those moments that make you cringe, like Kevin Ware’s injury in the NCAA Tournament or, last night, the rocket that was hit off the head of Toronto pitcher Jay Happ. One can’t help but wonder, in that moment, if you’ve just seen someone die. I was so glad to see him moving around as they carted him off the field; he’s expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon. Those are the moments that give every parent with a ball playing child pause.