Another side of the story

“There are always two sides to every story.” Many of us probably remember our parents and teachers telling us this whenever we got into a disagreement with a sibling, classmate or teammate.

Fortunately, this is one of those timeless adages that still holds true today. As a member of the Calvert family, I was appalled when I read the letter to the editor from Rebecca Wank in Thursday’s paper.

It’s not that I disagree with her ideas of teaching sportsmanship and core values of respect and integrity on and off the court. I completely agree that junior high basketball is a perfect venue for supporting these principles that are taught in the classroom and at home.

The values of kindness and Christ-like behavior are stressed in every Calvert classroom each and every day in each and every subject. The blanket statements made about the character of the Calvert community were not only offensive but untrue. To imply that Calvert students don’t play with integrity and that we need to revisit the Golden Rule and even the commandments is by far the most ludicrous statement I have ever heard.

As a parent, I understand Mrs. Wank’s concern for her child. No parent wants to see their child get hurt. However, in my opinion, an open letter to the editor was an inappropriate way to address the issue at hand. Calvert administration was made aware of the concerns Tuesday and immediately addressed the situation with the coaches and the team.

As a teacher at Calvert, I stand behind our students 100 percent. They may not be perfect, but they try. They may make mistakes, but they learn. They may fail, but they don’t give up. And when they are wrong, they own it. There are always two sides to every story, and I appreciate the opportunity to share mine.

Marilyn Seislove, Tiffin

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