Thursday, May 29, 2008

Danny Reynolds

Uggh, hello everybody.

I wish I didn't need to be talking about this right now, but here I am. Myspace, Facebook, Xanga, all these social networking sites are tearing up our school and athletics. Whatever happened to people just sending emails? Is there really a need to post everything about you to the world? Regardless I'm going to give my stand on the issue that recently suspended my top athlete. As with most phy ed. teachers these days, I'm also the assistant coach of the high school football, and basketball team. Although I'm a first year coach I already feel the fire and passion in the belly to win. (Bonuses are nice for winning the championship).
I'm sure you all heard about the recent scandals on Myspace and the effect it's had on our school and the people that have attended it in the past. As a coach, it really hurts to see any of my players or students get in trouble and have to struggle through a tough ordeal like this. Being a young teacher as myself, however, I also had my own Myspace page when I was in college. I deleted it when I made my transition into becoming a teacher, thinking somebody might look at it. I wish the students would've realized the administration had the power to look at these pages before they posted pictures of things they shouldn't have been doing. On the other hand, I don't believe that the school has the right to punish the students. I think it violates their right to privacy. Especially since people have the ability to post pictures of others against their own will, it's not fair to the victim. I believe there should be some sort of punishment if you get caught in the act, or post pictures of yourself doing the wrong acts. But, if someone else posts pictures of you as blackmail, it should be forgiven. I also think that sometimes people act like their doing something in a picture so for the sake of a photo, and people assume they were actually doing the wrong act. Either way it's killing my chances at a championship, so we need to figure out something as a group.


HLFlug said...

Mr. Danny Reynolds,
I agree with you that these students should have never posted those pictures in the first place, however students who do post information really throw away their privacy. Any person who puts pictures online opens their personal life to anyone on the internet. I think that it is horrible that students at Grand heights are getting involved with this harmful activity and I will do all that I can when these types of situations are brought to my attention. Thanks for your time.
-Mr. Man

zoe said...


I am just in disbelief that you would overlook such atrocious acts done by your athletes just for a silly trophy. Are you not supposed to be the authority figure? Are you not expected to take care of these students while they are in games? I think you are the authority figure and you are expected to take care of these students. It is what their parents are expecting of you.

Also, there is no such thing of privacy on the internet. Once something is posted, the publisher has no control who sees it after that. And what about that contract that the students specifically sign at the beggining of the season to not to these these illegal acts?

These young men and women are expected to keep their promise that they made when their pens hit those pieces of paper. I ask you to try to hold your athlete accountable. Our reputation at Grand Heights is at stake here.

James Johnson, Dean of Students

Brandon K. said...

Hey Mr.reynolds, I agree completely with your views. It is not fair to the students, who have had pictures of themselves posted online, with out their consent. This provides another problem. Showing that people can be victimized, without wanting to be. Its just not fair to those kids. I am sorry that your players have been suspended from playing their games, and that your chance at the championship is being diminished one picture at a time. Well best of luck

Chet Anders

Tommy said...

Dan the man, I like where your heads at. By the by, congrats on your coaching jobs, I like to see that you have the fire in the belly, just as I have the fire in the belly to take care of children's health. You could almost say I have a belly of a beast, or that "I am a beast!" But back to the topic at hand. I love the fact that someone else besides myself can see that these students lives are being taken control of by the administrations of their schools. I also agree that students should be aware that even though it is completely unfair and unconstitutional, that administration can now look on the internet and find photos of people doing "bad" things. Well, I'll talk to you soon Danny boy.

LaurenVann said...

Mr. Reynolds,

If athletes were not punished for their wrongdoings, the performance of our athletes may greatly decrease. If these students could just go do whatever they wanted, I'm sure many more of them would start drinking and doing drugs etc. As an assistant coach, you should certainly not be okay with students posting illegal things online.
Edna Quiggle

Mike B. said...

Mr. Reynolds

I can't say I agree with you and your motivation to win. Yes that's obvioulsy important but it should not be your main focus when your athletes cause such an uproar like they have. But that doesn't matter. What matters is that these kids took place in illegal activities and need to be held responsible. It doesn't matter if it wasn't done at school. There is no privacy when it comes to the internet.

Thanks for your time,
Nigel Klaus

Ryan Vaudreuil said...

Coach Reynolds,
You are a great coach. You have taught me more than any other coach. You are also a lot more understanding than the other coaches. I agree with you when you say that it is not the administration's business to be looking at people's facebooks and Myspaces. You do also have a good point when you say that we should probably just not put those bad pictures up on Facebook in the first place. Thanks a lot man. Big game on Friday. I'm getting pumped.
-Joe Hyland