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Ore. track coach takes student to prom, loses job

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posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:11 PM
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Here's the setup:


The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman has been dismissed as a volunteer track coach at a small Eastern Oregon high school because she escorted a 17-year-old boy to last month's prom.
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Melissa Bowerman said she went to the Condon High School prom with a boy from the track team because the boy felt bad about not having a date and had been struggling in English class.

"If they go on (academic) probation and suspension, then they can't go to the track meets," said Melissa Bowerman, who also has a son on the track team. "I said, `OK, I will go with you, but we've got to talk about English first. You're going to do better in English."


Here's the Busybody Committee's statement:


"We started an investigation that led to us asking her to un-volunteer," Condon Superintendent Jan Zarate said. He declined to elaborate.


Here's what horrible lumps of execrable waste the grownups involved are:


Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, who received a complaint from a chaperone, said he has found no evidence that Melissa Bowerman broke the law.

The boy's father, meanwhile, said he gave Melissa Bowerman permission to take his son to the dance.
"The first thing I thought, `Maybe this isn't a good idea.' But Melissa has been like a surrogate mom to these kids for years," Bob Thomas said.

Melissa Bowerman's late father-in-law is well-known among Oregon sports fans. Besides inventing the waffle-soled running shoe and co-founding Nike with Phil Knight, Bill Bowerman coached track at the University of Oregon from 1949 to 1972, winning four national titles. His relationship with track great Steve Prefontaine has been featured in two films.

At Condon/Wheeler, the track and field program has ballooned from six athletes to more than 30 in just four years under Melissa and Jon Bowermans' watch, and the girls' team won its first state title Saturday.


And here's the predictable result:


Jon Bowerman [Melissa's husband and fellow track coach] said he might resign because of the situation, and possibly sell his family's ranch near Fossil.

"The only thing we've done wrong is build them a new track and get uniforms and build them a powerhouse program," he said. "If she doesn't come back, I'm not coming back."


Boys: If you don't have a date to the prom, you're better of going with your moms. No. Strike that--no telling what the Busybody Committee might make of that....

Oh, sorry. Here's the link:
San Francisco Chronicle





edit on 5/21/2012 by Ex_CT2 because: (no reason given)




posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:26 PM
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Sorry, guess I fall in to the category of - coaches and students shouldn't go to prom together. There's enough inappropriate student-teacher contact all over the place. If you can't get a date your own age, tough cookies


On another note, the article says her son is on the same track team. Moms don't take their son's teammates on dates haha



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:29 PM
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Ah. Difference of opinion. I'll be darned....



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:30 PM
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hmmm...

Shes 43,her husband 75.......

Conspiracy to groom the next Husband ?




posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:32 PM
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Oh, that's right. This is a conspiracy site.

I don't know. Seems like the husband didn't mind much. Maybe he just likes to watch....



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:39 PM
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Originally posted by sonnny1
hmmm...

Shes 43,her husband 75.......

Conspiracy to groom the next Husband ?



I'm 65 - - my hubby is 44.

Your point?



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:44 PM
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Frankly, all the teacher student socialization I've seen, outside a strict teacher-student relationship, has had a lot of problems.



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:45 PM
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Originally posted by Annee

Originally posted by sonnny1
hmmm...

Shes 43,her husband 75.......

Conspiracy to groom the next Husband ?



I'm 65 - - my hubby is 44.

Your point?


Cause it happens???


Here is a story that will surely make you shake your head.James Hooker, who up until last week, was a married 41-year-old father of three. Hooker was a respected teacher at Enochs High School in Modesto, California. Last week, the teacher shocked the community by quitting his job and abandoning his family to move in with a new girlfriend…his 18-year-old student, Jordan Powers. The pair claim that even though they knew each other since her freshmen year, nothing physical occurred until Powers’ 18th birthday this past September. The scandal has the community of Modesto in an uproar, with Powers’ mother, Tammie, launching a police investigation into the matter to find out if anything physical did take place before Jordan’s 18th birthday. Despite the backlash and criticism, Hooker says he has no regrets.


Married Teacher Leaves Family For Teenage Student



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:45 PM
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Originally posted by Annee

Originally posted by sonnny1
hmmm...

Shes 43,her husband 75.......

Conspiracy to groom the next Husband ?



I'm 65 - - my hubby is 44.

Your point?

Uh-oh. Careful, Sonny. Don't start digging that hole, I tell you from experience....



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:46 PM
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You cradle robber you!

I dont see the problem with taking an awkward dateless kid to prom though will admit if it had been a male coach I would be more suspicious. Dumb double standard I suppose. I can see this as being a fun way of including a favorite teacher or coach. Its not like they had a hotel room.



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:50 PM
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Originally posted by Domo1
reply to post by Annee
 


You cradle robber you!

I dont see the problem with taking an awkward dateless kid to prom though will admit if it had been a male coach I would be more suspicious. Dumb double standard I suppose. I can see this as being a fun way of including a favorite teacher or coach. Its not like they had a hotel room.


I don't either.

I think this is stupid.



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:54 PM
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I rarely think about the "robbing the cradle" aspect, due to The Drew Carey show.
1:30 minutes in. Stayed with me for YEARS.



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:55 PM
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You know, people can't seem to get that prom dates are not necessarily "dates." Everybody wants to go, but nobody wants to go alone. There's nothing wrong with taking a friend.

Of course, I too would have been a little more... ummm.... non-plussed about this if, say, it was a 41-year-old man with a 75-year-old wife, and it involved a 17-year-old girl. But we all know men are dogs....



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 11:58 PM
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Originally posted by sonnny1

Cause it happens???


Lot's of things "happen".

I grew up in Los Angeles. I grew up with "the BIG ONE is coming".

If I hadn't lived my life because things "happen" - - - it would have been 65 years wasted.



posted on May, 22 2012 @ 12:01 AM
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Originally posted by Ex_CT2
reply to post by Domo1
 

You know, people can't seem to get that prom dates are not necessarily "dates." Everybody wants to go, but nobody wants to go alone. There's nothing wrong with taking a friend.


The local high school in a beach area of Los Angeles - - no longer allows Prom Dates. Every body comes single.

EVERYONE gets to go to their prom. Usually its "group dating". Friends come in groups. No one is excluded.


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posted on May, 22 2012 @ 12:04 AM
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Annee, I actually think its stupid also......

But those things do happen. Sometimes teachers take advantage of students. Regardless on if this was innocent,or actually something that wasn't, I can understand why the authoritys at the school,asked her to step away.

I wonder what the going rate,for suing a school is,if they are held libel for NOT doing something about an affair,if they knew it was happening ?

I think they were just being proactive. Blame it on the PC Society,not me........




posted on May, 22 2012 @ 12:08 AM
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Teachers should not take students to the prom.

The female teacher who did so appears to lack some common sense.



posted on May, 22 2012 @ 12:09 AM
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Originally posted by sonnny1
reply to post by Annee
 


Annee, I actually think its stupid also......

But those things do happen. Sometimes teachers take advantage of students. Regardless on if this was innocent,or actually something that wasn't, I can understand why the authoritys at the school,asked her to step away.


We should live in fear - - stop living - - stop being the person there for a child in need?

I'm currently raising a third generation. Raised my 2 - helped raised my now 18 year old grandson - - and am now raising 4 and 12 year old grandchildren.

I still want that teacher who cares enough to go the extra mile.

I will not live in fear that something might "happen".


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posted on May, 22 2012 @ 12:13 AM
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Originally posted by ollncasino
Teachers should not take students to the prom.

The female teacher who did so appears to lack some common sense.







We have seriously become pathetic and disconnected.



posted on May, 22 2012 @ 12:15 AM
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Originally posted by Domo1
reply to post by Annee
 


You cradle robber you!

I dont see the problem with taking an awkward dateless kid to prom though will admit if it had been a male coach I would be more suspicious. Dumb double standard I suppose. I can see this as being a fun way of including a favorite teacher or coach. Its not like they had a hotel room.


I really don't either, This comes across as something entirely innocent...At least to me. A teacher being nice to a student she is trying to help...Believe it or not, you can dance with people and it is not usually a perverted thing. I see no reason to believe she was trying to get in his pants or something...

Again though, like you, if it was a male teacher going with a female student, I would be more suspicious as well...Our society is much more suspicious of guys though....Much less trusting...

So go figure about that double standard...

Anyway, what I see this as is a teacher going to a dance and dancing with a student. Nothing more and nothing less.

People seem to be trying to make this into some sexual, perverted thing, but it's simply not like that.

Popular or not, that is where I stand.
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