Braintree Mom Doubles Down: Messages Turtleboy, Accuses Us Of Not Reporting Whole Story, We Offer To Share Her Side, She Refuses
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Last night we published emails that were sent from some INSANE helicopter parents at Braintree High School, to their daughters basketball coach, which prompted the coach to resign. We got these emails by doing homework. We went through the entire roster, found contacts on Facebook, messaged everyone who would know anything (including the parents we blogged about ), and got our information. Old school muckraking 101.
Well, one of the parents who wrote an email was this lady:
Her name is Michelle Scarpa, and she was upset with her daughter’s lack of playing time. By all accounts her daughter is a nice kid, but this story wasn’t about the kids. It was about the parents who were ruining everything for other kids who will no longer have this caliber coach going forward. In her email to Coach McDonnell she said,
“my beautiful lovely daughter will persevere despite your attempts to tear her confidence down.”
That right there is crazy talk. She’s acting like this coach destroyed her life. It’s a freaking GAME!! A high school GAME!! The girl will not be playing in college, but she had the opportunity to be part of something special in high school. And instead of embracing that, you’re whining about all the things she DIDN’T get.
Newsflash Mom – someone has to sit on the bench. Your daughter plays for one of the best programs in the state. If you want her to get playing time, transfer to Weymouth, who Braintree beat 54-9. She’d probably be the star of the team. No one was trying to “tear her confidence down.” She just wasn’t good enough to start. That’s how competitive high school sports works. If she got to play more then someone else would have to sit. The general public trusts a coach who has a history of winning, and has herself played D1 basketball, a lot more than some overprotective mother who starts off an email with, “my beautiful lovely daughter.”
Anyway, we did reach out to her for this story but she ignored us. However, now that we’ve got her attention we heard from her first thing in the morning, claiming the email was inaccurate:
The best part is she messaged us offering to show the “other side” of the story, by sending us the emails that Coach McDonnell sent her, so we could see it all in context. Then we said, “sure, send em over.” Next thing you know she decided she “wont’ give us the privilege” of seeing the emails:
In other words, the emails would confirm that she is indeed an out of control psycho parent.
They still don’t get it. They haven’t learned their lesson. They really think they can just send crazy messages like this and get away with it. Ask around about the turtle. We don’t play like that. I know you’re used to bullying and harassing coaches and teachers because they’re public servants and they have to sit there and take it with a smile on their face. But the turtle doesn’t like to be poked. And when you do that, all bets are off.
Anyway, we didn’t wanna make this about the kids, since their parents are the ones who are out of control. But one of them is an adult, and from her messages to us it was clear that she’s equally as responsible as they are for this situation. Bella Tonetti is the daughter of Rick and Kim, the two parents who wrote the insane emails at the bottom of this blog. Here’s what she wrote to us:
Uh-oh!! Legal problems. Paging Attorney Richard N. Vulva!!
Newsflash Bella – there is no other side. The coach’s job is to coach. The opinions of your parents when it comes to the job she is doing is irrelevant. It doesn’t actually matter what they think. They think it does, but they’re wrong. They don’t matter. The problem is no one has ever told them that before. Now they know that, and you know it too.
This was pretty telling:
“They felt their children had been disrespected by the actions of the coach.”
In other words, she felt disrespected because she was the lone senior who didn’t get an award on awards night (the school forces them to give out X amount of awards).
Oh, and just for what it’s worth, Coach McDonnell messaged us and asked us to take the article down. She says she doesn’t want to see the kids go through this. Ya got that? The same coach you’re whining about “disrespecting” you, actually respects you so much that she doesn’t want you to be collateral damage. In other words, she’s a great person, and you’re just an ungrateful player who feels like the coach can never do enough.
Anyway, it doesn’t matter if you our your parents felt disrespected. They don’t matter. Your opinion doesn’t matter either. Your job is to do what the coach says. That’s all there is to a player-coach relationship. You were just never taught that because you were raised by the “my kid has to have a trophy” generation of parents.
Then she started complaining more about the “treatment” from the coach:
I don’t need to experience the treatment of your coach. She won two state championships and led you to another this year. That’s literally the ONLY thing that matters. She’s extremely good at her job. You were lucky to play for her, and your opinion as to her treatment of you is once again, irrelevant.
She also questions our intentions in writing the blog:
No Bella, our intention wasn’t to get a lot of views. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take it. But the reason it’s getting so many views is because people are sick of parents like yours. They can’t believe what they just read. It’s that outrageous. We are trying to spread awareness of a very serious problem that’s hurting teachers and coaches across this country. And it looks like we have achieved that goal.
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