The Student-Athletes

Your PAELLA plan says:

Watch the webinar, “Player Responsibilities”

Kids want to play,
Sports are about competing,
The field narrows to players,
Only the best get to be the competitors.

Coaches will yell,
Coaches will play the best,
Coaches will do what they think right,
Players, shut up and be a part of that team.

The Dawson Family

Your PAELLA plan says:

  • You must watch the webinar “The Fungus Among Us”
  • Write an essay about the risks associated with unsanitary protesting conditions.

The point is,
That like your precious mushrooms,
Your role in this protest
Was unsanitary from the beginning
Leaving your house unable to grow properly.
Once you have written the essay,
Sit in a hot sauna
And attempt to cook the impurities
From your narrow-minded souls.

The Thomson Family

Your PAELLA plan says:

Personal gain is not without pain…

  • Watch the webinar, “Opinions Have Consequences…For Better or Worse”
  • Explain to your patients and clients the importance of positivity in the promotion of fitness, health, and sports.
  • Launch a sidewalk seminar series inviting the public to help promote support for the coaching staffs at Taylorville High School.

Ralph Higgonbothem (Taylorville School Superintendent)

At first, I didn’t know they were there,
About one hundred students,
Standing in front of my house,
Blocking the street,
But totally silent.

They just stood there,
No chanting,
No yelling,
Nothing,
Absolute quiet.
It was weird.

I blew them off.
If any of them had gotten on my yard,
I would have called the cops,
I will not be intimidated by children,
They don’t know what is going on with this problem.

They’re just kids, feh.

Taylor Family

Our businesses are suffering,
More like wilting,
People won’t list with me anymore
People aren’t buying my flowers anymore

Pearce Family

Not you guys too?
Your family has been in this town
As long as ours.
Are you quitting our protest?

Taylor Family

We’ve got to look out for our businesses,
We are suffering and for what,
New coaches, old coaches, whoever, whatever.
It’s killing us.

Pearce Family

I guess the squeaky ones get everything
Those parents are causing mayhem
We were the group standing up to sports.
Now we are whimpering away. It’s bull.

The law is the law,
For most of us, anyway,
And given I’m a one of most of us,
You’re actions put me in
A precarious place.

Your rage at losing a nothing game
Was shocking.
Your body posture when I tried to talk with you
Was scary.
So, I followed the law.

I reported you to the proper people
Because you seemed out of control,
In distress, and
Referencing a struggle to stay
Out of harm’s way.

Perhaps that will end our relationship,
But I followed my duty.
More than that, though,
I followed my conscience
Out of true concern for your safety.

Thomson Family

Our daughter loves her coach
Our businesses are doing well
We are having second thoughts.

Dean Family

We don’t think it’s worth it
The trouble has not been worth it.
Are our friendships worth it?

Thomson Family

We’re with you,
We want to end this protest.

Dean Family

How do we do it?
How do we get the school to cave?

Watts Family

Traitors are not liked around here,
You’re not being a good teammate, you know

Dawson Family

Don’t forget, our kids lost out too
We just aren’t sure this was worth it.

Watts Family

You are weak.
Why are you still here?

Dawson Family

You sound like
What you are protesting against.

Dawson Family

We go to work
We get paid
They aren’t working
Why are they getting paid?

Dean Family

We’re more about relaxing
Hitting balls on the golf course
Chilling by the house.
It would be nice if sports were back.

Dawson Family

How dare you say that.
We have put everything into changing
The way sports are over there.
It’s just not right.

Dean Family

Maybe, but we actually like the basketball coach
He’s been nice to our son
And the track coach has been pretty cool to Rhonda.
It’s not that bad.

Dawson Family

Why are you here?

Dean Family

We don’t know.