I'm going to begin by asking that you not send me the
"canned response," and you not refer to what happened with your
school's football team and the Westland High School Band as a mix-up.
This was not a mix-up. This was a blatant disregard for the rules. You know it, and I know it.
I still cannot believe that with
more than 3 minutes left during halftime the Liberty football team
actually came onto the field while the band was still performing and
refused to leave...even after their coach was asked by both the Westland
band staff and the athletic director. (photo credit to Julie Prater)
In fact your
coaching staff essentially told our band directors as well as parents
in the press box, who were counting raffle money, that they didn't care
that they were breaking the rules.
Did they also not care that children's safety was in danger? Two band members were kicked. That's two too many.
wonders what your reaction might have been if your football players had
pushed the wrong tuba player to the brink? That's a pretty heavy
Do you comprehend where this could go wrong on so many levels?
learned afterward that the Liberty football team has a reputation of
doing this repeatedly. REPEATEDLY? even to your own band at times.
is wrong! An immediate, and unequivocal apology should be issued by
every coach, and every administrator in your building to every band it
has shown this type of disrespect.
I have friends whose
children attend Olentangy Liberty. Their kids are good kids. I am
confident that the kids on the football team are probably good kids just
doing what they were told.
I am not, however as confident in
the goodness of your coaching staff, or frankly in you sir with the
copied and pasted response referencing a "mix-up."I have seen you give
to many, MANY concerned parents.
It's a sad day when the adults are the ones who need to learn the lesson.
do the right thing here and apologize, and have your coaching staff
apologize with assurance that this will not happen in the future. Don't
apologize to me. Apologize to the Westland Band, every single member and
It is my understanding that several media outlets have
been copied on many of these emails. One can only hope that at the very
least the threat of bad publicity will compel you to do what is right.
Westland Band Booster Treasurer
12 hours ago