Shocked by comments of letter writer

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I am a proud parent of an Oak Park and River Forest High School student, who is a member of the girls' soccer team. I want to respond to a letter written by Nancy Trock of Oak Park, which was printed in the Viewpoints section in the April 20, 2011 edition of the paper [Shocked by behavior of OPRF athletes].

First of all, the fact that Wednesday Journal would print this without looking into whether her facts were correct is irresponsible journalism. The soccer team was running around the track and was being timed. The track is supposed to be closed to the public during practice, but some people think they are special and don't have to obey rules.

Ms. Trock, I'm told, was running around the track when it was closed to the public, and was running the wrong way.

Somebody should tell Ms. Trock that the word "herd" is used for livestock, and not smart, beautiful, respectful girls like my daughter and the rest of the girls on the OPRF soccer team. Anybody who uses the words "bullying, domineering, entitled, selfish, and conceited behavior" to describe OPRF students obviously does not have any kids. The content of this article leads me to believe that Ms. Trock has very little patience, and that is what you need to have with kids.

I have dealt with many of the coaches at the high school, and they have all been excellent to deal with. My daughter has been involved in many sports and has been taught good sportsmanship and discipline along with self-control and teamwork. The coaches and faculty at OPRF High School work very hard to keep the great reputation and high standards that the community expects. The glory is not fading, and the tradition of excellence is still being carried on regardless of mean-spirited people.

Richard L. Hanson
River Forest

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OPRF Alum  

Posted: May 5th, 2011 8:05 PM

I said this on one post and I'll say it again here: The track is closed during practices and games. If you choose to use the track during those events you will be using the track at your own risk. Please don't sit here an criticize the behavior and attitudes of the OPRF athletes when you are embarking on their space.

epic lulz  

Posted: May 5th, 2011 6:26 AM

"The AD was doing the politically expedient thing in apologizing." No kidding. They should have had her arrested for trespassing, like they do to anyone who is on school property without permission.

J.oakpark  

Posted: May 4th, 2011 9:40 AM

no apology needed from Hansen to Trock. The AD was doing the politically expedient thing in apologizing. There are signs all around the track/field, which Trock ignored. Ever heard the old saying "ignorance of the law is no excuse"? Facts in this issue are in the eye of the beholder... all i see is that Trock, in her complaining about her being in the wrong, has now closed the field for sure during practice and games.

An Apology Please  

Posted: May 4th, 2011 9:06 AM

Not all students and student athletes at OPRF are kind and courteous, like Hansen's daughter. As a parent of another good OPRF student athlete, I have witnessed firsthand the arrogance and entitlement that is exhibited by some of the students and student athletes. Hansen claims that Ms. Trock was in the wrong, but the OPRF Athletic Dept apologized for not doing a very good job advertising that the track is closed. Hansen owes Trock an apology for not getting all the facts right.

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