Lock them up and let them taste sweet sweet justice.
In Missouri the 17-year-olds would have had their faces and names on the front
page of the local newspaper. Unless it is this publication's policy not to
publish such photos, even when released by the authorities, I would have to
assume that Utah law is different. That gives the older youths a rather
undeserved second chance to put their lives in order. I hope they do so.
I agree with the commenter from Sainte Genevieve. Seventeen seems to be a
reasonable age of consent. Missouri changed from 16 to 17 about 10 years ago.
Utah law is a bit too protective. The one who assaulted the soccer referee was
17 and received 3 years in a juvenile facility.
Uh, from where I sit, 4 of them have every right to play football and the judge
cannot legally ban them...you see, it's that whole "innocent until
proven guilty" thing. So far, 4 of them have done NOTHING wrong.
Another example of many examples of how participation in high school athletics
helps to build character. Wouldn't the money spent on athletics be better
spent on reducing classroom size in the elementary schools? Or some other
legitimate educational expense instead of using the money to inflate already
over inflated egos to say nothing of involvement in criminal activities?
Don, so in Missouri there is no presumption of innocence? Or do you mean that
they would have their face put in the paper after convicted? If they are
guilty, I agree that they should be punished, but I see nothing wrong with not
releasing this info on high school kids until their guilt or innocence has been
Does anyone else think it's ironic that 2 different stories about 9
different Granger football players came out at the same time? That's kind
My guess is some are victims of peer pressure and did not have the courage to
say, "What we are doing is wrong" or to walk away. In some circles
there is a culture where athletes are revered. As these kids are now learning,
being a football player does not put you above the law. The two attending
school on permits were probably given permits just so that they could play
football for the high school. Even at the high school level schools are trying
to build winning teams. Why not just play with the kids that lives in the
school district? These kids are learning a valuable lesson, Football is just a
game and being a player does not make you any more special than anyone else.
This sounds like an initiation stunt that could have been done in the 50's,
but today it is more violent and instead of getting a few dollars they're
getting expensive tech gadgets. I hope all the victims are okay and that these
young men learn from this and make some life course corrections.
Shame on them - all of them. I hope they all receive the toughest
punishment..that is the only way they will learn.
JSB, I'm guessing you weren't an athlete in HS. Your comment springs
from a glaring logical fallacy . . "these players were football players,
therefore particiapation in high school athletics inspires or encourages
criminal activity." Yes, without their association with the football team,
these nine guys would've no doubt been volunteering at the local homeless
shelter or studying for their ACT at the library.The assumption that
cutting the athletic department budget would automatically translate into
smaller elementary school class sizes is cute. A tad simple and hopelessly
optimistic, but cute.
There must be something wrong with the football program at Granger High School
for this to happen. Also no one probably remembers that this is NOT the first
time for football players at Granger High--it was within the last 25 years that
the same thing happened. Football encourages agressiveness and for some
teenagers they cannot cope with it. Perhaps they need to start teaching anger
management as well. I am also of the opinion that inter-high school athletics
have no place in our compulsory public education system. Athletics in high
school should be limited to only inschool activities and not travel around. and
yes, I did not play any sports in high school.
Agreed with SlopJ30. Football and basketball bring in more revenue to most
schools than the budgets allocated to all sports combined. A lot of schools
would actually lose money by eliminating athletics. Plus, athletes learn so
many great things. Given similar intellectual ability, I would rather have an
athlete working for me over one who did not participate in athletics, because
they understand what it takes to succeed and overcome trials, adversity, etc.
It is a mindset that is difficult to learn in a classroom alone. Please stop
generalizing athletes by the behavior of some. Other students do this kind of
stuff too, but it does not get in the paper because we tend to sensationalize
the behavior of athletes.
Now we know why they were 'exhausted' at practice... they were up all
night commiting crimes.
My son's coach in high school told us at a meeting with athletes and
parents that he would not tolerate any athlete being involved in alcohol, drugs
or crime.He wasn't going to wait for the trial. He didn't care
if he was a star player or a minority.He told us, "I may not be able
to drop you from the team, but I will leave you on the bench if I
can't."A few students each year were foolish enough to test his
threat. Every one of them lost.The coach also required each athlete to
dress in a button-down shirt and trousers with creases.Now THAT'S
teaching kids something.
Having played football and basketball in high school and having played football
in college...I disagree with the belief that high school athletics is a waste.
High school football allowed me to earn a $100,000 education from Northwestern
University.High school athletics is sometimes the only avenue for
some to gain higher education. I don't agree that high school or football
had anything to do with these incidents. The fact that all 9 individuals were
from Granger and on the football team is merely a coincidence and actually
should be expected because most friends usually attend the same high school and
participate in common activities.It comes down parents teaching
their children correct principles. Let the law run its course and whatever the
consequences are...we all have to respect that. I will say...if any of the
individuals are playing football on a permit...I believe the permits will be
forfeited on the basis of citizenship.High school athletics is good
for high school and good for student-athletes. I hope these young men can learn
from this and move forward with their lives. I hope that no one makes excuses
for the boys.
Principal Jerry Haslam's failure to weigh in on this outrage is cowardly.
He should be incensed like the rest of the community.I hope these
kids do jail time. And if they're LDS, they should experience disfellowship
while they investigate the atonement.
Granger is part of West Valley City ...the crime capital of Utah. Enough said.
It's poor leadership from the coaches and administration that allows a
particular program to develop a culture that lets kids get away with deliquent
behavior, drug and/or alcohol use, and antipathy towards academics. I played HS
hoops for Ogden, and luckily our coach was not a pushover or a "win at all
costs" type, though he did win. The best player, by far, in my class refused
to put forth any effort to keep his grades up. So, after our soph year, he was
gone. No coddling, no twisting teachers' arms to keep him around. I hated
it, but it was handled the right way. We still did pretty well (lost in the
state final to Bradley's Emery team), but I've always wondered if that
guy would've made the difference.To luckyguy -- Eliminate
inter-school athletics? Yeah . . sorry, not going to happen. Even without
debating the issue of revenue generation vs costs or pointing out that, overall,
athletes get BETTER GRADES than non-athletes, too many people like sports.
You'd get loud objections from even a lot of the non-athletes.
Reminds me of Junior year, when the B-ball coach cut all 3 of us Mormons and
kept all the punk sons of guys HE had gone to HS with in the same town 30 years
before.When 4 of the 5 starters were busted for grand theft and
drugs, and were kicked off the team near the beginning of the regular season, he
actually had the cajones to come ask us to suit up. By then we were in the
middle of the Church league season, having a blast. We told him to shine it on,
and they lost every remaining game on the schedule.He didn't
coach much longer.....
What is disturbing here is that the Administrators and Coach are dodging the
question of whether these violent individuals are in school or practicing for
the coming season.Not the kind of example we need in our schools. I know
the white house is exhibiting the same practices but we all know that Obama is a
fraud and is hiding many issues , but a local school principal and coach.Sounds like the coach and principal are hiding something
I suspect this has something to do with mob mentality. Much good can be done in
groups, and also great evil. At times, when people combine together they do
things they might not otherwise do --- again, good or bad. It is unfortunate
that this time is was so much bad.
Jerry Haslem, the principal of Granger HS, is a good man. I'm sure
he's shocked and disappointed by this recent news. He might be under legal
counsel or orders from higher ups in the district not to say too much until all
the facts are known. I am a fan of HS athletics. I have seen it
change thousands of lives for the better. I don't think the climate of the
football team created this but unfortunately sports participation can only
change people so much. I think there is a bigger issue at play and that is the
corrosive nature of West Valley itself. From corrupt cops to others in
government, to crime, drugs etc. the community itself must step up and demand
more of itself. They must say no to crime, drugs and crime and more people need
to demand better from its own residents and leadership.
This Story Sucks, But I Don't Think You can Blame The School Or The area
for what a group a teens decides to do, I Went To Granger and have lived in West
Valley City for 20+ Years and Its easy to judge the community for the actions of
those that live there, If we judge an area by who resides there then draper in
case is a bad area because some of the most violent criminals reside there maybe
not by choice but they still reside in draper.
Most school districts have policy in place where coaches, administrators,
teachers, etc. are required to refer all media inquiries to the district.
Whether you agree with it or not, employees have no choice than to follow policy
or otherwise be reprimanded. Mr. Haslam did the right thing.The
students involved in the crime need to be charged and disciplined to the full
extent of the law. There are bigger issues with these kids and expecting the
coaches, teachers, and administrators at Granger High School to take any
accountability whatsoever is wrong and unfair. They didn't raise these
kids.School employees have to deal with this kind of judgement daily
and by no choice of their own, have to teach values, morals, behavior skills,
anger and conflict management, social skills, etc. on top of teaching
curriculum. They do a great job for the most part and blaming them is
unreasonable and unfair.
I don't presume to judge the coach for declining to comment on this matter.
If he were to condemn the players and one or more of them turns out to be
innocent at trial, he has done them an injustice. He could be disciplined by the
school district if he says something overly complimentary or overly
condemnatory, or if he discloses private information about his players. Only
politicians HAVE TO make comments to the press for publication. The rest of us
are private citizens who can clam up if we darn well please. This coach is smart
to leave the commenting to the school district PR folks.After all,
isn't that why our tax dollars are being spent on salaries for
"official spokespersons" for nearly every government office in the
state? The Attorney General's office is full of attorneys who love to talk,
but they have to hire a spokesman to interact with the press. The Utah DMV has
at least half a dozen spokesmen. Even the Department of Natural Resources has a
spokesman. Maybe the SL County Animal Control Department has its own spokesman.
Can anyone see a connection between the following schools who have had
"issues" fairly recently, that are not necessarily criminal? Granger,
East, Bingham, Timpview, Cottonwood?
For those who blame this on football are way off target. This was not an act
sponsored by the football team. The writer was wrong to link them with the
team. The writer probably could have also linked them to attending church also.
They all attended kindergarten at one point. If we look hard enough we can
link them to everyone.
Were the nine Granger football players who suffered heat exhaustion related to
the same nine Granger football players who robbed the little kids. Stories ran
the same day in DESNUS and I just wondered if they were all one and the same?
I agree with Principal Jerry Haslam's decision not to comment and refer
reporters back to the district officials. At this time, they have only been
charged and justice will be meted out in due order. I played football for Coach
Haslam 30 years ago and he always expected us to conduct ourselves in an
appropriate manner. Now that he is the school's principal, he cannot be
expected to defend or castigate students that happen to be enrolled at his
public high school on actions done off campus and their own time.
Bored to the point of THIS! That is something unrelated to this story. The nine
kids that this story is talking about did these crime a while back, this is just
a follow up what decisions have been made by the courts.
SlopJ30, This is the coach's 2nd year and he has done more for these boys
in a year than any coach since 1992. Coming from what they consider a
disadvantage community, he has done a pretty darn good job taking care of the
other 50 kids playing. He actually cares for these kids on the field and in the
classroom. If they do something stupid outside of school hours, that's that
the Administration and Coaches job.These kids chose to do this on
their own. It's not the administration and coaches job to hold their hand
all day and all night. These YOUNG kids decided to do something dumb and just
have to pay for their own consequences. No one is at fault but themselves.
@Opinionated Prohibiting the 4 who haven't pleaded guilty
doesn't run afoul of the presumption of innocence.Based on the
charges, the judge likely has the right to keep these 4 in custody for some
period of time, perhaps even until their trial. If they are released to the
custody of their parent/guardian, there are often conditions of that release.
Not playing football may be one of those conditions.It's akin
to being required to surrender your passport or not leave the state as a
condition of being granted bail. No impact on the presumption of innocence.
Sheamus....I don't see what the connection is between Granger, East,
Bingham, Timpview, Cottonwood.
anyone know any details?
@ RedRocks... The article is about 9 football players banned from playing
football by a judge and is the reason it is linked to the team. It is football
SlopJ-You're right. I did't play football or basketball in high school
though the basketball coach lied to me when he promised me that he'd put me
on the team. If sports is so critical to character development, it should be
available to all who want to participate. I enjoyed intramural sports in jr.
high. Everyone that wanted to play, got to play. But, in high school, sports is
limited to a small number of athletically gifted or the politically connected
who get to have their super egos further inflated. I have a good friend who
lettered in four sports in high school-a typical high school jock. He told me
that if he had it to do again, he'd focus on the books and not waste his
time with sports (his words, not mine). To those of you who actually
think that sports pay's its way, show me the proof. Ticket sales don't
come close to paying the coach's salaries, travel, equipment, referees,
security, etc. Research has shown that of the extracurricular activities
(sports, debate, student government, publications, music, theater, etc.)
athletics is the poorest predictor of long term success.
Wow, nice unbiased opinion. You claim you got screwed by the basketball coach
and, surprise surprise, you are anti-athletics. This is not the forum to take
out old grudges in a discussion. My friend's wife has been a regional HR
manager for three big, successful companies, and said that the #1 indicator of
workplace success is athletic background, and thus they look for it when they
are hiring (non-sports related fields for all three companies) and it has held
true in terms of those that earn their way in to management positions and are
top performers. This is because in the workplace, as on the athletic field,
performance counts. High school sports are different than intramurals and
little league because you must perform to be on the field, and this carries over
in to life. If you think everybody who wants to play should play in high
school, then you are wiling to fund it I presume? Oh, right, you contradicted
yourself talking about cost. And programs do not drain money from schools to
run themselves, they fundraise to make up shortages and still give ticket money
to the school for other expenses.
To Howard Beal and Patriot, it may be advantageous to resist the stereotype you
are portraying with the false image of West Valley City. There were many cities
with higher crime rates per 1000 citizens in a recent study by the Department of
Public Safety, including Murray, Park City, Salt Lake City, Glendale,
Harrisville, Ogden, Riverdale, and South Salt Lake. Taylorsville is nearly
identical with West Valley. Futhermore Payson, Murray, and Fairview( among
others)have higher arrest data by agency, and West Valley was not in the top
two cities for homicide, not in the top two for crimes against persons, not in
the top three for crimes against property, not in the top two for crimes against
society, and not in the top three for overall total IBR offenses; the arrest
breakdown was not in the top two; in fact, Provo's was higher. This is to
say nothing of white collar crimes in neighboring suburbia. What happened at
Granger could, and often does happen across the nation at Penn, East High,
Bingham, the Olympics, even at BYU. But sports often instills trust, work ethic,
camaraderie, zeal, dedication and commitment. Let's not lose perspective
with this event.
Sure proud of my Alma Mater, so sad how far the football program has sunk.
Sugar City says.....Another example of many examples of how participation in
high school athletics helps to build character?Yes, why don't
we put them all in pansy dresses and send them up to Sugar City!
I understood this happen off season not during the summer. If that is the case,
why are we not talking about the parents. Yet we hold the principal and coaches
responsible for these players. Put the responsibility on their parents? They
raise them? I don't know of any of those coaches that would teach these
guys to do this stupid crime. You want blame? Blame the parents and the kids.
They knew what they were doing was wrong. Innocent till proven guilty. If
they are guilty, pay for the crime. People always find someone to blame.
The coach and school administration is easy. Scape goats. Not right.Just not
Koda24:I'll stand by my comments. But I will add crime rate is
not the only factor in my thoughts about the current state of West Valley City.
The city government and police department give the city a black eye and need to
clean up their act. Still, the juvenile crime rate is much higher than any
locale in Utah and something needs to be done and the source is the community
itself. They need to say enough to gangs and delinquency. JSB:As for high school athletics. There are plenty of teams like football,
track, cross-country, swimming and wrestling that will take anyone who comes
out. You don't have to be politically connected or athletic to do these
sports though the coaches would love to have those with a work ethic and
commitment to the team. Maybe those that got cut from the basketball team can
do wrestling and swimming in their school as examples.
RE: JSB"To those of you who actually think that sports
pay's its way, show me the proof. Ticket sales don't come close to
paying the coach's salaries, travel, equipment, referees, security, etc.
Research has shown that of the extracurricular activities (sports, debate,
student government, publications, music, theater, etc.) athletics is the poorest
predictor of long term success."You of course contradict your
own statement when you ask for "proof" but then provide your own
anecdotal evidence with no actual proof. I'm no expert, but as
a teacher of elementary and high school teachers I have had many students in my
own classrooms that participate in athletics. They are often hard working, well
balanced individuals. Many students have come to the universities I have taught
at because of their athletic reputation. Of course I also get the occasional
dud who doesn't value education at all but simply wants to coach (and
erroneously believes that teaching is an "easy" profession). (continued)
(continued) Dan Bowen and Jay Green (University of Arkansas) analyzed Ohio
high schools and “found that high schools that devote more energy to
athletic success also tend to produce more academic success.” (Bowen &
Green, 2013 Journal of Research in Education). Also, Wharton economist Betsey
Stevenson wrote that a “10 percentage-point rise in girls’
participation in high school sports leads to a 1 percentage point increase in
female college attendance and a 1 to 2 percentage point increase in female
labor-force participation” (Wall Street Jourrnal, 2010; “Economists
link athletics to success in school, job market”). That’s what a five minute google search turned up, but I’m sure
there’s much more compelling evidence for one that actually digs. My
point: it is unfair to pin the behavior of these boys on football, coaching, or
a principal that doesn’t care. Likely the coach, principal, and their
parents have done much to keep them on the right path. They used their agency,
messed up, and now have to face the consequences of their actions.
@jarka-rusSure proud of my Alma Mater, so sad how far the football program
has sunk.---I thought you were a Bingham Alumni? Or do you just
cheer for them because they have a good football program?