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The other day we blogged about the “scandal” at Andover High School (which is all over the news) in which successful coach Chris Kuchar was suspended, along with two of his assistants, because they allegedly forced kids to go 12 hours without food after a loss in Springfield, and then withheld water from them at practice.
A day later the student manager of the team came forward and said that no kids were ever denied water at practice:
— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) January 26, 2018
“Coach (Kuchar) does not deny the players water or food,” said Andover High senior Peter Sylos, who said he was a manager for the team. “He always encourages them to drink plenty of water and eat well before a game. And he makes water available at practice. The kids were stunned by the news. They are going to be coming out for the next games really motivated.”
Multiple sources told WBZ-TV that disgruntled parents contacted DCF even after the team was provided boxed lunches and Cliff bars on the way back from the game against Pope Francis. Andover officials say they’re cooperating with the DCF investigation and will do their own probe.
So that was obviously an easily debunked lie made up by a disgruntled parent who likely hates the coach because his kid doesn’t get enough playing time.
But what about the accusation that the kids were deprived of food for 12 hours? Well we have spoken with multiple players and parents from the AHS hockey team, and here’s what they tell us:
The fact that they make kids wear shirts and ties to road games is outstanding.
It was sent to every player and their parents. We saw the list. We also have a good idea of who the parent is, and they’re on there. They knew the deal – bring food, water, and money for food. They had opportunity to buy more food at the snack bar during the varsity game. There was food and water on the COACH FREAKING BUS back to Andover. Which in and of itself is so Andover it hurts.
This is insane. Talk about first world problems. Your kid plays an expensive sport. You live in an expensive town. They’re taking an expensive bus to play in a tournament and the coaches provided food and water for them. But your precious little snowflake was so hurt by what happened to them that you felt the need to call DCF!!! The entire continent of Africa is laughing at us.
The Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association fully supports Coach Kucher:
The Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association wrote a letter yesterday to Andover Public Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman stating that the complaint, which sparked a full-blown child welfare investigation, is “nothing more than a vendetta” against boys varsity head coach Chris Kuchar and his staff for an athlete who wasn’t “playing on their top line.”
The group said it is “extremely concerned as to the ‘witch hunt’ that has begun as a result of a disgruntled parent and their singular focus to have the hockey staff at Andover High School removed,” association president Michael Nanartowich wrote in the letter obtained by the Herald.
“The Andover Public Schools administration needs to support Chris and give him the assurance that they support him and the progress he has made in making the hockey program at Andover one of the top division 1 programs and at times a consideration for the state elite 1A tournament,” he added.
Several of our sources have given us the name of the parent they suspect did this. Unfortunately it’s impossible to confirm since he contacted DCF and only DCF. But we know who did it, and we’ve emailed and messaged this individual on Facebook. I’m sure he will read this, so let us make ourselves abundantly clear – if you do not message us back and at least deny the allegations we will take that as an admission of guilt and we will print your name as the alleged parent who did this. We will make it clear that it’s just an allegation and let you deal with the aftermath. But the damage will be done by having your name all over the Internet. Just ask Coach Kucher what that’s like.
However, if you have any more information and would like to confirm our suspicions as to the parent who did this, feel free to email us at [email protected], or message us on Twitter. Fuck Facebook. They’re a useless social media platform run by robots that actively deters the spreading of information and the reporting of real news. Follow us on Facebook!!!
My question is, why is the coach suspended right now? There is nothing here that even remotely comes close to being actual evidence of wrongdoing. None. Just one angry parent whose story directly contradicts documented facts, and testimony of eyewitnesses on the team. The evidence actually completely exonerates the coaches. How gutless does the principal and superintendent have to be to not back up their coach right now?
— Andover Athletics (@AndoverWarriors) January 15, 2018
What’s really fucked up is tat valuable DCF resources are being wasted on this bullshit from Andover. We got kids dying all over the place in this state. Little freaking kids. We’re in an opiate epidemic and these junkboxes keep shooting tax breaks out of their baby cannons. And now DCF is wasting their time investigating how many hours a high school kid went without eating free food. There is a special place in hell for the parent who is doing this. Meanwhile, some 4 year old kid in neighboring Lawrence is being ignored while his cries for help go unanswered. Fuck DCF for even humoring this human garbage.
This parent wasn’t even man enough to call the coach or even the principal. Do you understand what a piece of shit you have to be to pull a stunt like that? DCF???!!! The coach is now in the same class as Bella Bond’s crackhead mother. When you Google his name, DCF will come up on page one for the rest of his life. Do you understand the damage that does to someone’s reputation? He did this for one reason – sick, twisted revenge. He knew that going to the principal would lead nowhere. But going to DCF makes the coach look like a diddler. He did this to humiliate him, knowing the gutless administrators would suspend the coach.
Why are principals fleeing this school? Is it because they have to deal with psycho parents? Is it because the only way to survive is to be a coward like Philip Conrad? He was the principal in Rockport before this, and thus does not have the ties to the community that one would want. He’s a carpetbagger and he’s scared. So he threw his coach under the bus.
Then there’s Superintendent “Shelley” Berman (I swear to God he goes by “Shelley”):
He’s another carpetbagger who recently got the gig after coming from Oregon via Hudson via Louisville:
See all that? It’s just a bunch of bullshit. “He established much needed data systems to drive essential district decision-making.” This is what the taxpayers pay him $228,000 a year to do. Compile a bunch of charts. This is the kind of person that rises to the top in the public schools – an empty suit data cruncher who can’t teach. These are the people setting policy and caving to parents.
Here’s what one of our sources told us about Shelley Berman:
First of all, this guy has worked in four school districts all over the country. Here’s my question – did he make his son move from district to district with him as he pursued slightly higher paying jobs? Because that would pretty much tell me everything I need to know about his character.
Multiple people have told us that there is a 6 page letter out there somewhere from the superintendent, ripping Coach Kucher for the way his son was treated. We haven’t seen it yet, but we would LOVE to publish it. If indeed it does exist then Shelley should immediately resign. Not only because his decision making skills are biased and compromised as a result of this, but because he lied to the media about it:
Numerous reports in social media attribute the matter in part to a grudge Berman is alleged to have against Kuchar. Berman’s son played on the team two years ago. Berman rejected those accusations and said he has no grudge against the coach.
“This has nothing to do with me,” Berman said. “I had nothing to do with making the complaint. My kid was on the team a long while ago. My kid had a good experience. It comes from inaccurate sources who like to report inaccurate things. It has nothing to do with the incident DCF is investigating. My kid played hockey, but it has nothing to do with this incident. He graduated two years ago. This is a complaint filed by parents, current parents, as far as I know.”
Once we get that letter it will prove that he’s lying. Util then, here’s a blatant lie he told the Eagle-Tribune:
Berman told The Eagle-Tribune that the players didn’t eat for 12 hours as punishment for losing the game.
Bullshit. Absolute bullshit. Easily disprovable bullshit. The kids were NOT denied food as punishment for losing. They were given free, taxpayer funded food by the coaches. We have receipts. We have pictures. We have witnesses. We have emails.
Oh, and the coaches weren’t with them for 12 hours. The buses left Andover at 8 AM and got back at 4:20. That’s eight hours and 20 minutes. Just a baseless LIE by the superintendent. If that doesn’t indicate that he has a vendetta against this coach then I don’t know what does.
Then he said this:
According to Berman, the school district was told to hold off on its investigation until family services has completed its own.
“There may be other things that DCF is investigating,” Berman said. “We don’t know that.”
Wait…..what? DCF would NEVER tell the school district to “hold off on its investigation” until they completed their’s. That’s not even remotely believable. DCF has no authority to tell a school district how to investigate their employees. What. A. LIAR!!!
The Eagle Tribune also interviewed multiple parents who all said the allegations were baseless:
“At no time in the those three years (that her son has been playing hockey for Kuchar) was there any semblance of anything that would be a red flag,” Chingris said. She added that her son told her the claims made against Kuchar and the other coaches were simply untrue.
“What my kid told me is you get yelled at for not remembering to bring your water bottle,” Chingris said.
When this is all said and done the coach will be back on the ice. But make no doubt about it – the superintendent and principal both MUST resign, and DCF should be investigated by whatever body watches over them for choosing to pursue this case while ignoring so many others. Why are predominantly poor children in inner cities being ignored while wealthy white kids playing hockey in Andover get investigated? They didn’t just suspend a hockey coach, they messed with someone’s life. They took away hockey from children. They abused the public’s trust, and they might’ve done it for revenge over playing time from three years ago. And for that, they no longer are worthy of being in charge of children.
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