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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Parents lied to get kids in right school

Sports writer John Cotey has a brutal column today in the wake of the news that five Armwood High School football players, just off a state championship season, have been declared ineligible, "the ones who made up electric bills and addresses and rent receipts, the ones who lied about where they lived instead of doing the right thing — moving into the zone where they wanted their son to play football."

You can blame coaches and recruiting, Cotey writes, but in the end:

Simple: It’s about parents cheating.

This is where you start when looking for people to blame, trying to figure out how something like this could happen, so many kids, so many lies.

Well said, but as he notes this is not the first or the last school to be tarnished by such maneuvers. It's not just about sports. There are parents who will fudge about where they live to get their kid into a better academic environment as well.

I can understand how parents might be motivated by what they think is best for their child. If they can't afford to move, they feel like they are letting the their kid down. But look at the damage they have caused. There will probably be a massive fine. Heads will roll, maybe. But will the system ever change as long as parents are willing to lie for their kids?

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:11am]

    

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