To the Journal editor:
I am writing on behalf of Coach Gregg Nelson, coach of the Negaunee Girls Varsity Basketball team. I find that this whole situation is absolutely ridiculous.
He has been the coach for so many years and to be taken out of the job for something so petty as "swearing" is outrageous to me. Who doesn't swear? What high school student, what parent hasn't sworn? When it comes to bullying, swearing at someone or a group of people is nothing!
I know Coach Nelson and how much he cares about his girls. He wouldn't stand for someone that is getting bullied and to me that is the most important thing. Is it more serious for a coach to stand up for a girl getting bullied around or swearing at the perpetrators to get his point across? To the girls who have bullied someone to the point of this and to the parents who went out of their way to start something; they really should look in the mirror and think about what they did.
I know Coach Nelson and his family, more than most people. My mom has been a life time friend of Coach Nelson's mother. I have been on both Coach Bryon (Nelson) and Coach Greg Nelson's basketball team. Believe me, I have heard swearing. I have heard it all ... and none of that ever stuck in my mind.
Coach Nelson has taught me more than just basketball, he has taught me how to live and how to grow as a person. He has taught me life lessons and more. He cares for each and every one of his girls, which is why he got upset and had to take action.
Bullying is not acceptable, it seems these days bullying just keeps getting worse and worse. Girls and boys really need to grow up. It's horrible to hear that my favorite coach got dismissed for something as stupid as swearing. That he got dismissed for standing up for students getting bullied.
Wake up parents and students. Is swearing really worse than bullying someone?