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From page A12 | March 09, 2014 |

Our daughter is both a Davis High and Chico State student-athlete graduate.

She teaches physical education and coaches two sports for a high school in the Bay Area. She loves her students and credits her student-athletes as being smart, responsible and good problem-solvers. It has always been her mantra that they come with baggage — parents. In the district where she works, the policy is that no school board member can have an enrolled student on any of their campuses.

Is Nancy Peterson a helicopter parent gone wrong, an adult bully or a board member acting inappropriately? Perhaps a self-imposed exit from the school board is apropos.

An unknown source quote: “There are only six words a student-athlete’s parent should speak — ‘I enjoyed watching you play today!’ ”

Now, DHS has two issues to solve — the Peterson debacle and putting the athletic department in order.

Thank you, coaches, for uniting. Maybe there is more than one stone in the shoe?

Maryalice Martin

Davis

 

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  • wdf1March 06, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    'An unknown source quote: “There are only six words a student-athlete’s parent should speak — ‘I enjoyed watching you play today!’”. This might be one lead on a source: http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/more-family-fun/201202/what-makes-nightmare-sports-parent

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  • March 09, 2014 - 8:26 am

    I do not choose one side or the other, but if you want to talk about "adult" bullying, what about all the bullying adults in this community have done toward Nancy Peterson in this process? Is this was the community wants to model as acceptable behavior for our kids?

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  • HamishMarch 09, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Essential to any actual bullying is a basic unequal power relationship. A School Board member wields considerable power over the Superintendent, other admin, principals, teachers, and yes, coaches. This is just a simple fact as illustrated by just how many such heads have rolled in the past few years. Parents criticizing a School Board member or decision is absolutely fair game, and anyone claiming otherwise is playing the victim card. Criticism does not equal bullying. A School Board member CAN bully anyone under them all the way down to the student level, but they can not "bully" someone over their head. They can only complain and hope your head doesn't roll. So it took a great deal of courage for a teacher like Kelly Wilkerson to stand up in front of the School Board and state that all teachers become fearful when the "system" is as broken as it is. If that power can be wielded willy nilly by incompetent and spiteful Board members, the opportunities for bullying abound and a lot of careers are on the line.

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  • March 09, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    In no way did I mean to criticize Kelly Wilkerson. I am talking about the many adults in this town who have written cruel, hurtful things about Nancy. Again, I do not take sides.

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  • March 09, 2014 - 11:26 pm

    A coach can bully students. The three coaches involved are rude, arrogant bullies. NP and her daughter were betrayed by the schoolboard. On Thursday we will see if they twist the knife or not.

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  • March 10, 2014 - 10:35 am

    Let's hope so. NP deserves it!

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  • March 10, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    I agree with the issue of power differential. However, we need to be role models for our children and express our disagreement in a respectful manner. The vitriol and nastiness that has occurred in this community discussion is not the model I want to see our children follow. Unfortunately, it has already trickled down into the interactions between some students and that is where it does become bullying. Let's all remember that our children are watching, listening, and learning. From all of us.

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  • Blue Devil by tradeMarch 10, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    Since our wonderful community doesnt allow adults to tell children no...we are doomed to repeat mistakes of the past. How can any school official provide leadership when he/she isnt given power to call shots? Because if they call a shot- they may get shot. Amazing that we are spending this much time and money on volleyball. Does anyone know how many overrated teachers we have in this town? Plenty...each one could effect 150+ students/year at secondary level...Why aren't those employees being dragged through mud like Julie Crawford? Our community needs to get priorities straight.

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