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Gingersnap
05-18-2010, 11:08 AM
Dare leads to ‘stupid mistake’ by Powell Valley student
By Claire Galofaro | Police Beat Reporter - Bristol Herald Courier

Published: May 12, 2010
Updated: May 13, 2010

Acting on a dare late last month, a Powell Valley baseball player lined up with his fellow Vikings for the National Anthem, unzipped his pants and urinated on the field.

“We want to make this very clear, this kid did nothing that he considered unpatriotic,” Wise County Schools Superintendent Jeff Perry said. “It was a stupid mistake; he has accepted responsibility. And that, coupled with the fact that he has had a very good record in the past – he’s going to pay for it, but we don’t have to behead him, we don’t have to crucify him.”

Perry would not say what the punishment entailed, citing student privacy. He also declined to name the boy.

Yet a half a dozen sources in Big Stone Gap, who asked that their names not be published, named Jacob Huff, a football star and “all-around good kid from a good family.” According to the team’s on-line roster, the sophomore is a varsity pitcher and outfielder. He’s a celebrated quarterback on the football team, according to accounts in sports pages across the Tri-Cities, and his father is listed on the Powell Valley High School’s website as a coach and physical education teacher.

“I don’t feel any animosity toward him, and in no way would I want to hurt this kid,” said Joe Rasnick, commander of Big Stone Gap’s Veterans of Foreign Wars. “It’s what he did that I despise.”

Rasnick heard about it the day after it happened, at a meeting of veterans.

“We were all disheartened that a youngster would do that,” Rasnick said. “I don’t think anyone was fiery angry, more of a sorrowful kind of anger. But as hurtful and hateful a symbol as that one, the First Amendment gives him the right to do it, and thank God we still have that freedom. But it’s just very disrespectful to the flag, and especially to us guys who served our time.”

It happened at a Vikings home game, against Pound High School, on April 30, with Pound’s Principal Marcia Shortt right behind home plate. She said last week that she didn’t actually see it, but just heard about it. She declined to comment further.

Perry said the boy did not choose to urinate during the singing of the National Anthem as a sign of disrespect to country or flag. It was happenstance, he said.

"Happenstance".....right. They're falling all over themselves to protect a jock. :rolleyes:

Tricities (http://www2.tricities.com/tri/news/local/article/dare_leads_to_stupid_mistake_by_powell_valley_stud ent/46105/)

djones520
05-18-2010, 11:14 AM
We've all done stupid shit we've regretted. I agree. No need to crucify this kid over this.

Gingersnap
05-18-2010, 11:18 AM
We've all done stupid shit we've regretted. I agree. No need to crucify this kid over this.

I've got to say that I've never gone to the bathroom in front of a large audience during the National Anthem.

If this kid was in the band, instead of on the football team, you bet they'd crucify him.

djones520
05-18-2010, 05:48 PM
I've got to say that I've never gone to the bathroom in front of a large audience during the National Anthem.

If this kid was in the band, instead of on the football team, you bet they'd crucify him.

Kids in Band are also under a lot less pressure to do stupid shit like this as well. I remember my highschool sports days. Even in Track and Cross Country we would go out of our way to out do each other on stupid.

Jumpy
05-18-2010, 08:00 PM
"Happenstance".....right. They're falling all over themselves to protect a jock. :rolleyes:

Tricities (http://www2.tricities.com/tri/news/local/article/dare_leads_to_stupid_mistake_by_powell_valley_stud ent/46105/)

No kidding. We had a local athlete who was chosen as our newspapers "male athlete of the year", just a week after he drove the getaway car in an armed robbery, where he and 3 friends pulled a gun on a basketball court at a local park. The newspaper mustve been embarrassed because they minimized the thugs role... the kid wasnt even charged initially until the victims parents(who I am know personally) publicly spoke out. Even so, the other 3 thugs did jail time while the jock went on to college on a scholarship, even getting arrested while on "probation". The thug broke all sorts of records in college, competing nationally and continues to do so. He has been protected all throughout his highschool and college career. Sickening.

Rockntractor
05-18-2010, 08:08 PM
If this kid was in the band, instead of on the football team, you bet they'd crucify him.

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/SuperStock_1439R-1092120.jpg?t=1274227660

Gingersnap
05-18-2010, 09:20 PM
Kids in Band are also under a lot less pressure to do stupid shit like this as well. I remember my highschool sports days. Even in Track and Cross Country we would go out of our way to out do each other on stupid.

Oh, please. If you think bands aren't competitive and into the money game, you're living in the Dark Ages. We went to the freaking Rose Bowl which is more than any of our resident "student athletes" ever accomplished. People use band just like they use athletics for full ride scholarships. And all of those band members are also angst-ridden adolescents who are "under pressure". I should know, I was one.

If somebody in the band did this, they would be hung out to dry by the school and the community. Heck - if somebody on the swim team did it, they'd be toast.

Football guys always get a pass unless they are caught red-handed by a Baptist church choir screwing a goat on top of the pulpit and even then, everybody will hope and pray that the kid was blind drunk so they can call it an honest mistake.

There's a big difference between doing dumb stuff with your friends behind a bar or in a basement and doing dumb stuff in full view of school officials during the National Anthem. :rolleyes:

NJCardFan
05-19-2010, 12:29 AM
the First Amendment gives him the right to do it
It amazes me how ignorant people are of the Bill of Rights. The 1st Amendment does not grant you the right to urinate on a baseball field. Last I looked, pissing isn't speech now matter how loud you groan. But, IMO, pissing during the National Anthem is pissing on the flag and he should be crucified. This is the problem with this country. Every stupid act is called a mistake. This was not a mistake. He made a conscious decision to be an ass clown and he should be made to understand that actions have consequences. He should be barred from any extra curricular activity period, end of story.

PoliCon
05-19-2010, 09:19 AM
I've got to say that I've never gone to the bathroom in front of a large audience during the National Anthem.

If this kid was in the band, instead of on the football team, you bet they'd crucify him.

clearly jocks are of superior genetic stock to band fags. :p

Trance
05-19-2010, 02:19 PM
And that, coupled with the fact that he has had a very good record in the past – he’s going to pay for it, but we don’t have to behead him, we don’t have to crucify him.”

Translation: Because he's such a star athlete, we're looking the other way