When did an awards banquet become a lecture? This was not a parent/coaches meeting! When did an awards banquet become an attack on a few parents in front of their children - who were supposed to be recognized?
I've never been lectured to that since I was seven and decided to make a magic poition by pouring shampoo into Mom's stew!
We thought we were attending a simple end of the season awards banquet. When in fact, we were duped into attending a one-sided parent lecture/attack.
How refreshing it is to see the awards banquet go on for a good fifteen minutes lecturing the parents! What a wonderful memory for the seniors to have! And then witnessing several student/athletes (and parents alike) crying afterward over issues that had nothing to do with an awards banquet.
Let me stress again, we thought it was an awards banquet where the coaches and athletes would reflect on their season.
I know full well this was done in response to my blog. However, readers had a chance on the blog to leave feedback. And I posted every comment (whether it was for or against me as that seems only fair)!
However, at this banquet we were - in effect - held captive. We did, though, have the courtesy to say nothing, given our kids were right next to us. The only thing we could do, and several of us did, was walk out during the fifteen minute tirade.
Never have these coaches called a parent meeting because of my blog, yet they decide at the annual awards night to make it a one sided lecture. And, moreover, take it out on others who had nothing to do with the blog!
Better yet, it was done in front of our children, which resulted in, again, student/athletes crying. All of this at our kids' awards banquet!
Did I say that the longest section of the awards banquet was the lecture to parents?
When did a final senior banquet turn into the volleyball coaches writing a long diatribe on behalf of all coaches (as they mentioned several other sports)?
As a teacher of 12 years, a coach for 13, and an athlete for 7 years, I have never witnessed such a ridiculously bizarre awards ceremony.
If it was the intent of the coaches to make this a memorable night, it truly will be. And that is sad.