We’ve investigated the story about the West Boylston HS student whose mother claims he was suspended for helping out a special needs student who soiled himself, and it turns out she was probably lying.
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At Turtleboy Sports we have a general policy of keeping kids out of it. Once you turn 18 and start doing stupid things publicly, then you’re fair game to be criticized. But kids should be left out of it. However, there might not be anything lower than purposely dragging your kid into a public spectacle, especially when you’re lying.
That’s what we have here in a story that has gone viral from West Boylston. A mother named Kristin Rucci shared this message on Facebook:
That story sounded extremely shady. I mean, I don’t know this kid, but doesn’t he seem a little TOO good to be true? And since when is it the policy of a public high school to have a high school student bring a special needs student into the bathroom and “clean him up” after he urinates in his pants? Isn’t that why we pay taxes? Plus, if this story were in fact true, all the kid would have to do is simply explain to the principal what happened and this all goes away.
As you can see the parent SOUGHT out the media. We did not look for her. Her exact words were, “I have been encouraged to contact the media.” Well, we are the media, and we are here to talk about your story. We are not your cheerleader and we will call this as we see it. Your Facebook post has been shared on Facebook nearly 10,000 times. Thus you have destroyed the reputation of a school, it’s teachers, and administrators, without giving them a chance to explain their side of the story. You better hope it’s true.
This post right here says it all:
“You should go to the media. Not Turtleboy though.” You know why she said that? Because she knows the “media” won’t get the real story. Turtleboy on the other hand is addicted to the truth. We’ll see right through the bullshit and call you out on it. Stay away if you have something to hide. Far, far away.
So we checked out some of the comments under her post and this one stood out:
Hmmmm, “no stranger to frivolous suspensions.” First of all, if you’re blaming the school for your kid’s suspensions (multiple) then you’re a HUGE part of everything that is wrong with society today. Nothing is EVER anyone’s fault anymore. It’s always “The Man’s” fault. Accountability for your actions? Fuck that. I’m getting a lawyer and blaming everyone else instead.
More importantly though, if your kid has a habit of getting suspended from school, it’s probably more than just an unfortunate set of misunderstandings. And since MOM asked for the media to investigate, we did exactly that. And the first and most obvious place to investigate are Facebook and Twitter – two of the most heavily trafficked websites in the world:
Hey Mom, you might wanna take a look at this. It’s open to the public. What’s most disgusting about this is that the kid is sitting back and bragging about the fact that she’s made him a viral sensation on Facebook. Guess what’s gonna happen if Turtleboy Jr. ever gets suspended? No social media. Ever. Digging holes in the backyard. Then I’m gonna stand there and make him fill the hole back in for absolutely no reason. Getting suspended is supposed to SUCK. But instead he’s sitting at home on his iPhone bragging about his bulldog mother who’s using him as a prop in her crusade against a high school.
Notice that it’s never his fault either. Gee, I wonder where he gets that from? Lots of honors students get removed from school by the police. I’m sure that was another incident where the cops were called because he was helping a special needs kid who had an accident.
This is also a good thing:
Yup, no enabling going on here.
Then you have brilliant posts like this:
Hey genius, Super Mom ASKED for us to post about her child. The last thing that would ever be on our docket was West Boylston High School. But she put the call out for the media, and here we are. She obviously thought we were dumb enough to take what she said at face value, so she thought we’d join her digital lynch mob. But instead we found out the truth and now this makes us a “digital predator.” MOST DEFINITELY!!!
So basically what they wanted the “media” to do is investigate and write about this story, as long as we took a biased slant that took a second hand story from a kid with a history of suspensions at his word. Sorry, we’re too committed to the truth at Turtleboy. If you want something like that call up the Boston Globe. They’re glamorizing Bella Bond’s sperm donor right now, but maybe they can put you on their list.
We wanted to get some first hand accounts of what happened. We were unable to get a comment from the principals obviously, but we did hear from someone who works in the building. This is what they said:
I’m not saying this is true, but this person, unlike Mom, is unbiased, and aspects of her story are consistent and present another side to the story. For instance she claims that the kid has been suspended for 10 of the 12 school days this year. This is confirmed by the the multiple tweets since school started complaining about being suspended.
Look, this is a shitty situation all around. But when you go after and bad mouth an entire school where innocent, hard working people are trying to do their job every day, you better be damn sure that you’re in the right. But clearly there is way more to this story. But it didn’t stop the online mob from coming out with their digital pitchforks:
“We saw something on the Internet so it must be true.” Buffalo Bruises is now hiring!!
This is the garbage that pissed Turtleboy off. There’s nothing worse than overbearing parents who think they know it all. And this type of shit doesn’t happen in Worcester either, where parents are either supportive of the teachers, or just don’t give a shit. But this whole, “I’m gonna get a lawyer and raise hell if my kid ever gets in trouble” is a suburban phenomenon. Nothing is ever junior’s fault in the burbs.
This woman has severely damaged the reputation of a school that apparently did nothing wrong except to suspend a student who broke a lot of really good rules. This is why Turtleboy exists though. To find and uncover the truth. Have something to hide? Don’t put out a Facebook message asking for the media to investigate, because that’s exactly what we’re going to do.