Friday, October 25, 2013

High school football player in Ohio suspended over poem

Rittman High School (Ohio) junior Nick Andre was kicked off the football team and suspended from school for four days after reading his poem aloud in English class.

The assignment was to write something that made the student angry. So, for the sake of the assignment, Andrew read his poem entitled "Stupid," which vented his frustrations about Rittman's 1-7 football team.

As notes, Andre's poem partly references Rittman coach Bill Dennis and his son Blake, a senior wide receiver, who is committed to Akron.

Here is the aforementioned poem:

Losing season,
Non stop passes from best friend to best friend,
Continuously doing what doesn't work,
The inability to separate being a father and a coach,
Dropped passes,
But yet still the "super star",
Yeah right.
Where's my scholarship?
I can drop passes,
Run backwards,
Miss tackles,
And be afraid to take a hit.
That’s top of the line Div. 1 material right there.
If that’s what they wanted,
They definitely got it.
This whole town will be glad when he’s gone.
For anyone who doesn’t understand what I’m saying,

Rittman principal Nick Evans decided to punish Andre after deeming the poem as "mean and disrespectful about another student and our head coach."

So, what do you think? Was Andre's poem out of line?


  1. Honestly, the coach probably kicked him off the team because he was offended by the poem. But, in reality, I can see where the coach would say that these comments are detrimental to the "team concept," so I am willing to give the coach a pass, even though he probably doesn't deserve it.

    For the school to suspend a kid, simply for completing an assignment is extremely unprofessional. If I were Nick's mom or dad, I would raise a lot of hell with the principal and the school board. I might even hire an attorney, just to put a little scare into them.

    In short, the kid should have been more tactful, but there is no law mandating tactfulness. The coach is pushing it by taking the comments personally and kicking the kid off the team. The "leaders" at the school are showing a complete lack of leadership and making a bad situation worse.

  2. A "poem" is suppose to be an expression from within. That is his feelings. For a coach to take it personal and then a suspension is ridiculous. Plenty of poems can be taken personal. But to enforce a silly non-sense made up concept of "team concept" is really STUPID. STUPID is as STUPID does I once heard a man called Forrest Gump say. Well here you have it. Congrats IDIOTS!

  3. He completed his assignment. The principal definitely overreacted. The coach overreacted and probably after this Akron should reconsider there offer to the coaches son.

  4. I am just glad the writer of the poem found out that life is not fair, and he will see more of the same in work, corporations, politics, etc. Things in this world are set on course doomed to fail by eyes blind, due to favoritism and family favors. Welcome to how things continue to really be.

  5. Suspended from school for four days for a poem about a coach? Coach must be a pussy. I can understand discipline because it was pointed . Here comes the pass. ?Its Halloween/so I can understand the fear / Receiver thought it was a bat/ Zip/zip/Who Ray?/