Consider both sides, please

By From page A6 | February 18, 2014

I am a former Davis High School volleyball player who played both freshman and sophomore years. Recently, allegations have been made against the Peterson family involving the volleyball program that are not accurate.
When I started out as a freshman, there were 14 freshman athletes playing volleyball. By the senior year, only three remained. Most of the 11 who quit did so because of personal conflicts with the coaches. The volleyball program has had a history of complaints that have mostly been ignored.
Emma Peterson was brought up to the JV team as a freshman, coached by Julie Crawford. Then as a sophomore, she was brought onto the varsity, coached once again by Julie Crawford. After playing for Julie Crawford for three seasons and playing competitively for Five Stars volleyball for many more, succeeding on both teams, Emma was cut from the varsity volleyball team. She was the only one cut and the only senior.

Emma is a talented athlete who did not deserve to miss out on playing her senior year because of a problem her coach had with her mother.
It is sad that the people of our town choose to personally attack and malign a high school student who has done nothing wrong. This has gone too far. People who should not have been involved have felt the need to attack the Petersons and their integrity, even though they do not know the whole story. Instead of being so quick to vilify a fellow Davisite, maybe they should spend the time to learn about the situation.
I think the underlying question here is why this situation has gone on for so long. Administrators should have made a decision before it negatively affected the boys volleyball team, which I think we all can agree is an unfortunate situation. Both sides are frustrated with the lack of communication and progress in a case that should have been solved months ago.
Emily Paciulla

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