August 19, 2019

Outraged by remarks

There have been numerous reports recently about Ellsworth High School’s cross country coach, Andy Beardsley. As a member of the cross country and track teams, I am outraged by the remarks made from Brewer High School’s track coach.

I accompanied the educational trip to New York City last November, and as a person who did not run in the Footlocker Cross Country Championships, I can state the trip was anything but sports related. The focus of the trip was to see the sights of New York and a Broadway show, which all of Mr. Beardsley’s English students have studied.

The Brewer coach’s statements were inacurrate, pertaining to the “many meetings before the trip about the races and practices held beforehand.” There were at most two meetings, both about the trip’s agenda, travel arrangements and activities planned. There were no practices, meetings or information about the race handed out by any of the coaches. Mr. Beardsley simply passed on the word about the race, and we signed up for it ourselves, if we wanted to.

Mr. Beardsley has done nothing wrong. If the Maine Principals Association finds reason to suspend him from coaching, it would be absurd. We are just kids; let us enjoy our youthfulness and desire for running while we can. Mr. Beardsley is the most respected person in the eyes of the students. If he is suspended for letting us have a little fun, it would be a shame. Jeanne M. Dennison Ellsworth

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