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Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 12:00 am

A Tokay High School football star playing the role of a driver in a staged alcohol-related crash was himself arrested Thursday when police allegedly found drugs in his wallet.

Burney "Patrick" McCarthy, 18, was booked into the Lodi jail, still wearing make-up that made him appear to have a black eye and fake blood on his shirt. He was held on $10,000 bail, on suspicion of possessing a narcotic, which police said was apparently morphine.

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102 comments:

  • posted at 4:43 am on Wed, Apr 7, 2010.

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    he needs help.

     
  • posted at 1:22 pm on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    -LodiBill, do you have a life? You've been putting Patrick down all over this blog. He's a 18-year-old who volunteered. Yes, he did get hurt during football seasan and maybe made a mistake for not having the RX. GET OVER IT! Do you know how many kids he's helped play football, volunteering? Do you know his parents? Well I do. So get a life, leave his alone. Also, in regards to your comments to Rox's posts, why are you picking on a HS journalism student. Grow up.-hairybigtoe, you are making an accusation, a big one-LNS I know many, many wealthy kids from Lodi HS, remember the drinking incident a few years ago behind the Movie Theater, they were all LH students. Patrick didn't need to be put on the front page. Shame on you.By the way, I know someone who has been in AA for 27 years, when they read this story they didn't bash him. They said this may be a wake up call, something positive. I went to both Tokay and Lodi HS's. Lodi had the most drugs use. Use that as front page news.

     
  • posted at 4:25 am on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    Baseball101 - I think you are forgetting this is a blog. People can hide in the shadows and they can preach hate, but that is not necessarily doing in everyday life. I think most people would be ashamed of themselves if the spoke in public the way they do in the blogs. You know you have the news about a child who killed themselves over the bullying that was happening on the internet and here you have adults basically doing the same thing. They don’t care if they hurt people’s feelings or how they make people feel, they just need to say what they have to say. If they looked at the big picture they would see that they are just a bunch old bullies who need to hide in the darkness. I heard a quote once Terrorism can only thrive in the darkness of uneducated people and it is true. Why do you think the Taliban banned TV? Mean and hateful things begin in the dark. So as the Taliban covered there heads in towels these people hide in there anonymous names.

     
  • posted at 3:39 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    Lodibill- you have no clue about this kid, stop trying to feel important and feel obligated to post. You have no idea who is recruiting him. Pat is a great teammate, and a good kid. He had options to go onto college, but chose to head to Delta rather than take SAT and head the small college route. This will give him a better chance two years down the road to end up at a BCS school.

     
  • posted at 3:12 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    Lodijoe...no it isn't Ok to do a good deed then get busted for morphine. He should pay for what he did. I apologize for making it sound like it was Ok for him to make this mistake and doing a good deed at the same time. We all make mistakes and hopefully he will learn from this......

     
  • posted at 10:07 pm on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    Coribee-"we should HELP him, SUPPORT him, and allow him to learn" - This kid IS learning a lesson. It's called the school of hard knocks. My guess is due to his athletic prowess he has been sheltered from any real ramifications in the past. "those emergency pain moments" Huh? It's called a PERSCRIPTION and people that have a PERSCRIPTION carry their pills in BOTTLES with their name on it. If they don't THEY GET ARRESTED. What part of that don't you and the others get? Life has rules. Breaking the rules has penalties. Follow the rules and you won't suffer those penalties.Stopthepress -"True that he didn't have a prescription with the pills, but so what? I know about 75% girls keep Midol pills with them ..." - Do you understand the difference between school rules and THE LAW? Baseball101-Huh? Read my post below, hopefully you don't miss pitches as badly as you missed my point. BTW-How do you think I know about athletes going to College on academic probation?

     
  • posted at 9:47 pm on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    2098-People you don't know make judgements about you everyday. It's called adulthood, join us when you grow up.Rox-"story on something that wasnt even confirmed" - Yes it was. The story was about the arrest of a student, did that NOT happen?"you have no right to bash what i learn in journalism" Yes I do. Obviously they haven't taught you about the first amendment?"now everyone will know him as the guy who got busted for morphine" And? He was the guy that "got busted" was he not?"but it is a hassle to check things into the office, i know mny kids who carry their meds on them" And everyone of them is not only violating school policy but are subject to arrest. The we can blog about them!"who are we to judge" We are his peers, who better? Who do you think you are?You students on here have a lot of growing up to do. Being judged everyday by people is part of life.

     
  • posted at 9:30 pm on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    Tokay54-You couldn't have missed the point any further if you tried. No one is comparing this kid to the kid going to Stanford. The point is D1 schools don't pass on a guy with bad grades, they bring him in on academic probation, or any number of solutions to the grades problem. The example I used was a 3.5 gpa is LOW for Stanford, so if they can take this other kid with a LOW 3.5 then SJS can take this kid with WHATEVER gpa he might have. No one is bashing. If you want to hear bashing I'll give you bashing. Try this on for size, more than likely D1 schools are passing on this kid because of attitude/behavioral issues. And this latest incident is the last straw. He may have just let two little pills ruin his life. No football scholarship = no college degree = a life driving a truck. Welcome to reality tokay54, welcome to big boy world, where mistakes count and sometimes there are no second chances and good guys finish last.Need anymore bashing?

     
  • posted at 6:06 pm on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    true bt dont sit on here saying i should leave him outta it , look below me other ppl started it. yu act like patriks parents wernt there to support him ! jus cause on screw up yu guys wanna bash him nd make perkins look like a god ! hes not wow going to standford good luck , bt who cares ! EVERYONE shouldnt compare them they are TWO different people.

     
  • posted at 5:32 pm on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    Angela209: You know nothing about the Perkins'. Jordan's success has to do with his hard work and parents that support him. Don't come on here acting like you know him, because if you did you wouldn't be saying dumb things like you are. Y would u say his success is only because of his dad? How idiotic! You know nothing!!! Go complain and cry somewhere else. Everyone should leave Jordan Perkins out of this mess anyway!It's not even about him it's about mccarthy and his mistake!

     
  • posted at 5:05 pm on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    Whoa Nellie! Spot on I believe... probably the reason the story is as big as it is was because LNS was on the scene to cover the "positive impact of 'Every 15 Minutes" on hundreds of Tokay students.' Hence the prominent pictures they obtained (and published). For those crying "slander", and worried that people wouldn't read the whole article without making a conclusion, look at the picture, read the title, and then draw your conclusion. Honestly, people probably don't subscribe to the LNS to merely glance at a pictorial depiction of the news anyways. All those people crying "give him a break," why? If he messed up he should have to pay the penalty. How "good" of a person he is is irrelevant. Honestly, there are probably very very few "bad" people out there.

     
  • posted at 4:24 pm on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    Whoa Nellie!: i disagree with yu saying that if this was in the parkin lot or something that it wouldnt be big? thats way not true. hes lodis star ! it would be everywhere. nd im a student that knows perkins its cause of his dad ! nd alot has to do with school illl give yu that much bt his dad has ALOT to do with it. patricks parents have jobs sorry they wernt there in his busnes going through his wallet b4 he went to school. they dnt have time to be in PTA . so that goes for yu sayin where are the parents. ALL IM SAYING IS THAT HE MADE AMISTAKE ! WE ALL LEARN FROM THEM RITE? IM SURE YU GUYS MADE MISTAKES TO GIVE HIM A BREAK.

     
  • posted at 2:38 pm on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    Believe me ...i am in NO WAY here to bash Perkins! The kid's a STUD! He deserves all the kudos and attention he gets.I wish him all the luck and success he receives. I was merely stating one story over the other to garner SO much attention is due to the typical slant of the sport writers. In my OPINION, Banans is probably the most middle of the road writer i've seen. Telling it like it is...no matter what school. The writer/publisher knew EXACTLY what reaction they'd get by the placement of the article and the picture they published with said article. It's what draws our blogs...it has people talking.....it sells papers.

     
  • posted at 1:32 pm on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    FTK2010, you are right about the LHS football team & those players.But here is the difference: 1) done my coach & school 2) no LPD involved 3) no LNS onsiteAs I posted earlier, if Patrick had got busted in the parking lot or courtyard this would have been nothing more than a 2 paragraph blip on page 2 or 3. **WHY dont you Patrick/Tokay supporters get that point?**Agreed, comparisions between McCarthy & Perkins are apples & oranges. High School student-athletes should never be compared in this manner. But Angela209's statement that Jordan would not be where he is today (A high school running back with a scholarship to STANFORD) without his Dad is unfair. Yes, his Dad is a part, but there are plenty of kids out there who succeed in the classroom & on the field/court/etc that come from single parent homes. No one but JORDAN himself has had to do the work in the classroom, weightroom, field, library, etc.

     
  • posted at 11:45 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    FTK2010: i agree. everyone wants to bash on tokay football star patrick mccArthy when lodi high is no better.

     
  • posted at 11:35 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    So why is it that this Tokay student gets headline bad press?? Boy are we quick to print bad about a Tokay football player yet no FRONT PAGE "in depth" article when multiple Lodi High football players were removed from the team for drugs.....

     
  • posted at 9:17 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    giant49er wrote on Apr 3, 2010 6:51 AM:" Let's get our priorities straight:1) High School Football player busted with 2 Morphine pills.2) "Every 15 Minutes" has positive impact on hundreds of Tokay Students.Which deserves more publicity? "I can sure agree with you there, giant49er.

     
  • posted at 9:16 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    whoa nellie! wrote "Right on LodiJoe! I too was less than perfect in high school."No way! LOL! Just kidding. None of us were perfect in high school, none!

     
  • posted at 8:13 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    so for all of yu ppl saying wheres the parents? im sure yu have failed in life as a parent not everyones perfect. nd im sure yur kids have made mistakes to. i wonder what yu say when hes in the news paper for football? good things rite? yea . . bt now that one thing happens , yu guys wanna blow everything up , and bash on him ! when it shouldnt have went this far at all ! yu guys are makeing this worse by bashing on him how do yu think that makes him feel? not very good. yu think hes at home havein a party livin life, hes not ! im sure hes depressed. nd yu ppl talkin crap doesnt help so id appreciate it if yu would stop. AND STOP COMPARING HIM TO JORDAN PERKINS he wouldnt be where he is today if it wasnt for his dad. for those of yu on patricks side nd support him i appreciat it alot. nd im sure the family does to. patrick is a WONDERFUL kid , nd made a mistake . . bt we all make mistkes nd earn from them.

     
  • posted at 7:24 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    Right on LodiJoe! I too was less than perfect in high school. It was a different time, and back then Lodi was half the size it is now. I had 2 experiences @LPD where they called my Dad, because they knew him, and he came and picked me up. I later wish I would have had jail time, lol. But all of you Tokay-McCarthy boosters are . Granted, Patrick is barely 18, but by our laws he is an adult. He was warned & given the opportunity to give up any OTC or Rx. Sure, he probably thought the PD would never go to such detail as to go through every nook & cranny of his wallet, but they did. He does not have a Rx for a controlled substance: law broken. What MANY of you are failing to grasp is that if he had just been busted at school in the courtyard it would have been a 2 paragraph blip on pg2. BUT, he was the main character in the 15 Minutes program! THATS what made it a much bigger story.

     
  • posted at 5:39 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    ShockedInLodi...I too feared the wrath of my parents when I 'screwed up". Never did anything wrong that was jail worthy but wasn't an "innocent' teen either. Problem these days is a lot of parents don't get involved with their kids lives as much as they should. TV, video games, schools and computers have become surrogate parents.

     
  • posted at 5:23 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    I am glad they did not have blogs when I grew up. I made many mistakes and trust me they were some huge mistakes. Did I go to jail? No it was different time but I did come home in a cop car once and I would have rather been in jail then facing my parents. The mistake did not define my life, what defined it was what I learned and how fast I bounced back from it. I am just glad that many of you were not there to pick apart my mistake behind your anonymous blog’s. It is easy to say mean things in the darkness of your computer but I would hope you are not that cruel in real life

     
  • posted at 4:54 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    I do not know this young man but have heard of him. Some good, some bad, but isn't that how life is for ALL of us. We all make mistakes. For all of his peers that are posting, be proud of yourselves. You are admitting he made a mistake but are not saying it is ok. You are saying you will be there to support him. Real friends do not condone or encourage wrong doing but they are there to help a friend get back on there feet. Sounds like some of the adults posting here could take a lesson from the youth in this instance. I hope he does not get any jail time but hope he does get mandatory counseling. Good Luck to you Patrick. Stay strong. You can overcome this. As for the LNS, SHAME ON YOU. You KNOW this would not of made front page news had this been one of your family members (or someone close to you) With any luck, maybe you can learn something from this also. Did you have the right to print this - yes, but was it right to do so-NO

     
  • posted at 3:55 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    HOLD UP!!! LET'S MAKE SOMETHING CLEAR, HE IS NOT SOME DRUG ADDICT, HE'S NOT SOME MURDERER, HE'S NOT SOME SICK PSYCHO WITH PORN OF LITTLE CHILDREN, HE'S A KID THAT HAD TWO MORPHINE PILLS ON HIM. YEAH IT WAS DUMB TO CARRY THEM ON HIM I'LL GIVE YOU THAT MUCH, BUT THAT DOESN'T DEFINE HIM AS A PERSON. HE IS A GOOD KID, A GOOD ATHLETE, A GREAT FRIEND, AND GROW THE HELL UP PEOPLE, YOU DON'T KNOW A DAMN THING ABOUT HIS LIFE! HE'S NOT SOME REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, HE JUST MADE A HORRIBLE MISTAKE, ONE HE'LL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE WHEN HE LOOKS IN HIS PARENTS EYES, WHEN HE LOOKS AT HIS YOUNGER SIBLINGS, WHEN HE LOOKS AT HIS FORMER COACHES. DO YOU HONESTLY THINK HE DOESN'T REALIZE THE EXTREMITY OF THE SITUATION???? HE DOES, AND HE IS OWNING UP TO IT. HE'S TAKING ALL YOUR CRAP, HE'S HAVING HIS NAME ALL OVER THE NEWS PAPER AND NEWS, HE'S BEING SLANDERED. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR MISTAKES PUBLICLY RIDICULED? YOUR FACE ON THE 6 O'CLOCK NEWS, YOUR NAME ON THE FRONT PAGE? IT DOESN'T HELP ANYTHING!

     
  • posted at 3:51 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    I just hope that mccarthy will be able to get help. Im sure he regrets it. There is no better school, both has the same problems. As for Jordan, this is what you have worked so hard for. Your mom and dad have made sure of that!!! You have a great support system..Stay focused..Good Luck!!!

     
  • posted at 2:50 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    Quite ironic...

     
  • posted at 1:51 am on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    Let's get our priorities straight:1) High School Football player busted with 2 Morphine pills.2) "Every 15 Minutes" has positive impact on hundreds of Tokay Students.Which deserves more publicity?

     
  • posted at 7:52 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    what a dumb ass. let's see. i'm gonna be around cops today. think i'll leave my drugs at home. no wait, i'll carry them just in case. officer o'malley, you're busted. what a joke.

     
  • posted at 6:35 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    @lodibill: You sadden me. The things you say are off the wall. You say there is more to Patrick's story, you're right there is much more. You will never know the type of person Patrick really is despite his shortcomings. Why do people come on here and support people who are arrested or convicted of a crime? Because they are showing support to somebody who matters to them but has slipped down the wrong path. What good are you doing yourself by posting the comments that you are posting on here? Do you feel satisfied? The truth is Patrick IS a good person, he's just made some wrong decisions that's why there are people here to support him. Also why are you so disgruntled about Jordan getting an offer from Stanford? Shouldn't you be happy for him? I know first hand getting good grades and being a good athlete is difficult. Honestly sir, ask yourself what purpose do you serve sitting here bashing on teens that you dont even know?

     
  • posted at 5:32 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    How lame and juvenile to use this tragedy as an excuse to bring up a football rivalry. This has nothing to do with the high school this kid attends, and everything to do with the kid himself. I hope he gets help and he has a supportive family.

     
  • posted at 5:19 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    The important issue is who he got them from and who he snitches out. They could even possibly be his own meds. That will be his real problem. That may be tomorrow's headline.

     
  • posted at 5:19 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    @ lodibill. You invited any comments so I have one for you. Your a fliping idiot. No one has called Pat a "Saint". Blogers have shown support, and been critical of his actions. As to your comment that "janitors at Stanford have better GPA's" than the kid from Lodi, leads me to believe you were always the last kid picked by the kickball team captains in grammer school. What's your problem with student athletes? "Any comments?" Now's your chance to share them. Not to many people can insult the blue collar worker and a student athlete in one sentence. I guess we're not all as smart as you think you are. People like you that catagorize and stereo type others make me sick.

     
  • posted at 4:25 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Also, he had TWO pills! I know tons of kids caught with marijuana, even at school, and they're still walking around campus perfectly fine and NOT ridiculed in front of the whole town.

     
  • posted at 4:22 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    @rox, totally agree with you, as a Tokay student, I believe that this news article drew attention from the true point of the Every 15 Minutes presentation and turned into more of a gossip scandal about Patrick. And really Lodi? If our towns teens are turning to drugs and DO have a problem (not saying he really does, nothing is proven, it was just an accusation so far) pushing them away and not letting them graduate/expelling them would be the wrong punishment to give. Instead of trying to help him if he needs it, we should dig him a deeper hole? True that he didn't have a prescription with the pills, but so what? I know about 75% girls keep Midol pills with them too, and those are technically not allowed on campus. So, everyone breaks the rules in some ways. That doesn't mean they deserve to be looked down upon. I'm sure everyone making rude comments here has done something wrong in their life too. And I bet if this was your own kid, you wouldn't be hoping for the worst like you all are now.

     
  • posted at 3:52 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Is he perfect? No, are any of you perfect? No. When people need help the most we should shower them with love not leave them in darkness. I don't think pointing out his faults is going to make it any better. Hindsight is always 20/20. As a a believer in Jesus Christ, Share Gods love and not his judgement.

     
  • posted at 3:49 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    and another thing, he wasn't accused of taking the drugs, he was charged for possession! Hello... two pills does not scream addict or even abuser! It screams "I have this in my wallet for those emergency pain moments". Granted it was wrong to have them without a prescription but did you know it's also illegal for a child to have Advil or Tylenol on them at school??? hmmmm.... ??? So knock it off with the pointing fingers and being so judge mental as if you have never in your life broken some sort of rule!!!

     
  • posted at 3:44 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I am very disappointed in the way people think and act when a "Kid" makes a mistake. First of all no one is perfect, whether you're from Tokay or Lodi High school or any other high school in the world. We all make mistakes, we all do stupid stuff. He just happened to be a star athlete who got caught with something he shouldn't have had. It's between him, his family, and God. No one else needs to be involved or slander his name. If you don't know the guy you should stay out of it. He is one of my good friends and I plan to stand by him and his family. Trust me he's not sitting at home playing video games or laughing about this, he's really upset and truly taking it all in as a learning process. He is still a "kid", still a student, and instead of badgering him, we should HELP him, SUPPORT him, and allow him to learn! Thank you!

     
  • posted at 3:09 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    To Lodibill and all of the people that just want to see the bad in this boy I hope your perfect Glass house never gets rocks thrown at it and it breaks!! No one is perfect and he needs support and help and he may not be a saint but who is? Lets give him and his family support and stop making judgement calls on someone you do Not know!! There is so much wasted energy here full of hate. when it should be us parents trying to figure out why these kids are turning to drugs.

     
  • posted at 3:08 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    lodibill - you have no right to bash what i learn in journalism. what i am saying is that i believe that it was dumb to publish a story on something that wasnt even confirmed. not everyone reads the entire article, and now everyone will know him as the guy who got busted for morphine. and yes, i know that you have to have a prescription. but it is a hassle to check things into the office, i know mny kids who carry their meds on them. maybe you need to learn to think about possibilities. and i dont need to learn to read. the entire story is not told here. we dont know what is is, why its there, what his home life is, ect. who are we to judge?

     
  • posted at 3:07 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    no matter what the guy will only be charged with posession of narcotics which only means that he will have to take classes to teach him what he did wrong and how to prevent it from happening again. but i agree with rox, LNS shouldn'y have printed this story, they blew it up out of proportion and nothing was completely confirmed when LNS published it. and when you write the news and report it everything needs to be 100% the truth. and as a student of tokay i feel that LNS took this great chance to bash Tokay like they always do in sports and other stories on Tokay. i know this because as a wrestler for Tokay we have gone through many moments where we look at the paper and they bash tokay for loosing and if lodi wins they say how lodi is great and stuff like that. i just feel this is a horrible thing to print and that there should be bigger news than that in the world.

     
  • posted at 2:56 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Opps sorry richyorn, not meant for you! It was meant for "rox".Guess I'm no journalist either!

     
  • posted at 2:55 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Richyorn-"The pills were not even confirmed to be morphine, yet they decided to run the story. They could be a prescription."Huh? Maybe in Journalism class they can teach you how to read? "Freeman called poison control and described writing on the pills, and was told they were morphine" And btw, prescriptions medications are required by LAW to be carried in an approved container with your name on it. MOST people don't carry morphine in their WALLET!

     
  • posted at 2:46 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Those of you bashing the LNS are just flat out wrong. They had every right to publish this story in whatever way they see fit. If you don't like it don't buy it.To all of those of you who are declaring this kid a Saint, STOP IT. Do you realize every story on here that is published about someone committing a crime there are people that come on here and blog about what a great person they really are, how we don't know him, we shouldn't judge him, bla bla bla. Obviously this kid is no Saint, as evidenced by his coach's comments concerning being kicked off the team his Junior year. Why was he kicked off I wonder? Any comments? Further, Saints don't turn down D1 schools to go to Delta because of their grades. There is a story in this same paper about another young man who is going to play football at STANFORD with a 3.5 GPA. The janitors at Stanford have higher GPA's! My point? There is a lot more to this kids story than simply two pills and bad grades.

     
  • posted at 2:44 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    shoot this isn't news this is every day. I remember my senior year at Lodi High a few of our all mighty science Olympia team were busted for smoking pot while on their trip. It doesn't surprise me that the athletes and academic students get into this stuff, they discovered that if they simply get good grades then much else isn't really questioned about them.

     
  • posted at 2:11 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    As a journalism student at Tokay, I know what makes news. I know the restrictions on the press, but I also know what obligations the press has. I dont think that the LNS was obligated to publish Patrick on the front page. It may be quite ironic that during a staged arrest they catch him with drug possession, and though it may be good news story, i think that it was highly innapropriate to publish this. Lodi is a small town where people are not easliy forgiven for mistakes like this. I think that choosing to humiliate this student was a very bad choice. i also think that the LNS was jumping the gun on the story. The pills were not even confirmed to be morphine, yet they decided to run the story. They could be a prescription. I also beleive that it would have been a much wiser choice to run this story a day later. Student should have been focused on the moral of the presentation today, but instead on campus today newspapers were passed around and students were too focused on why Patrick wasnt at the assembly and what was going on. Nice one LNS.

     
  • posted at 1:44 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    its very sad!!... sad that many of these kids who are athletes get into all this stuff...and it happens more than you know....i can guarantee you that many of the blue collar-all star-children dont want to use the word but "caucasion" are really the ones that get into all this stuff..parents think their children are keeping busy and staying out of trouble when in fact they are the main ones running the drugs in the schools...for secure reasons I cant say how I know this...but parents need to be more aware of what/where exactly their kids are doing....

     
  • posted at 1:43 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Where do these kids get the "good" stuff ??? I am injured in almost every joint and part of my body. Pain is constant except a few fingers, walking is difficult, I can't do anything. All I can get from my Doc is Oxycontin and Vicodin. I need your supplier.

     
  • posted at 1:29 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Also, a few weeks ago, a Lodi High student, also 18, was found under the influence of cocaine and some other drugs. That story is not mentioned yet this is blown out of proportion? Most people don't even know the real story, so what gives anyone here the right to point fingers? When you point one at someone else, you point four back at yourself. Don't judge other peoples mistakes without knowing the entire story, because I highly doubt that a one page story in the paper would tell you everything about it. So next time we all want to "wish someone gets expelled", remember all the mistakes you've made in your life, and how being punished to an extreme for all those would've ruined your life. He's a young adult with a lot ahead of him.

     
  • posted at 1:26 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Wow, good job newspaper at ruining someone reputation for many many years to come. People saying that he deserves to be expelled and not allowed to graduate, just because your child messed up doesn't mean you should try to bring down everyone with you. Maybe instead of wishing bad things upon others etc., you should have taken care of your own kid, huh? Where was your bitterness and anger when your child was obviously in possession of drugs? Anyways, this just happened yesterday, maybe he really does have a prescription and it just wasn't on him? How can this be printed without 100% confirmation, just because he is accused doesn't mean it's true. And also, why did they choose to put a picture of Patrick being arrested in the STAGED accident, making it seem like he was in a real one or something. Way to go news. I'm sure lots of people didn't even read the full article and just saw the picture and that is the image that will be in their minds when they think of him. What a shame. Great way to prevent him from getting places in life.

     
  • posted at 12:52 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    you guys talking bad on pat who dont know him need to stop... hes a good guy... people make mistakes not everyones perfect... i wish him the best and so should all of you.

     
  • posted at 12:28 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I am so sorry for this family. I hope they use it as a positive and if there is truly a problem then hopefully they can get the help they need. This may turn out to be a blessing. And to the person who thinks he should be expelled just because her kid was, SHAME ON YOU !! I guess misery loves company.

     
  • posted at 12:26 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I totally agree tokay dude. I, as a tokay student, will not judge Patrick on this one mistake. Nobody is perfect and it disgusts me to see those of you assuming anything about him or tokay. None of you know him and just because some of you are bitter about someone you love's mistake doesn't mean you should wish bad on Patrick. When he is back at tokay, he has everybody's support and mine especially. He made a mistake, yeah but get over it.

     
  • posted at 11:43 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    When he returns from his five day suspension he has the support of the entire student body

     
  • posted at 11:41 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    This is a very sad day for Tokay. As a football player and close friend of Patrick for the last ten years I can honestly say yes, he messed up, but he is a good man. He coached the Tokay Thunder this last year and is one of the most well liked people on campus. He was the best teammate I ever played with because of his ability to create good out of any negative. He is always an optimistic person and we need to all do the same and wish him the best luck. He has big dreams and I have no doubt all of those will be fulfilled.This incident however does not reflect epitomize Tokay Football what so ever. I started this past year for our playoff team and worked as a peer to peer drug education counselor. As a program we have volunteered and served at several crab feed dinners and delivered cans to the food bank. I know as Patrick's dear friend that if it were not for the coaches at Tokay he would have never made it this far. I am sorry it came to this. Best of luck Pat.

     
  • posted at 11:27 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    GIANT49'er, oh wow, the All Star game, why that justifies his actions totally. I didn't realize it was for the All Star game. ILLEGAL..what part of that word do you not comprehend? Take a look at the professional sports figures arrested for DUI, drugs and other crimes. I guess they shouldn't jail them so they can play in the Super Bowl? Get real.

     
  • posted at 11:26 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    giant49er you're missing the point. The kid should have been a good example to everyone. He screwed that up, so now he must be the bad example. If you let him slide because it's "only two morphine pills" you basically tell him and his peers they can do whatever they want. If he truly is a good kid and has a good family he will learn from this and move on. But he should not be allowed to attend Tokay High or play high school football.

     
  • posted at 11:15 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Actually Morphine is not against the law, even being in a wallet, granted that is not the best place to carry it if he had a prescription for it. It is like any other pain killer such as Vicodin. It`s the lack of a prescription that was his downfall.Seems strange he got top billing over the retiring Chief of Police.

     
  • posted at 11:14 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    It's a good thing these drugs were found on McCarthy. Now the secret is out and he can get help. Hoping for the best for this young man.

     
  • posted at 11:04 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    There sure are some idiots in Lodi! I know this kid and his family and he is a good kid. LNS did a huge disservice to this community by plastering the staged arrest photo of Patrick. That impression is now what will be associated with this kid forever and it's NOT who he is. C'mon.... were talking about 2 morphine pills, not cocaine! What if the kid is in pain, or is hiding an injury to play in the All Star game?

     
  • posted at 10:52 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    GEMSTONE, so what you are saying is it is ok to break the law as long as you volunteer for a worthy cause? I guess that means YOUR kids can walk around with illegal drugs in their wallets and that is OK with you as long as they do volunteer work for a worthy cause? This kid broke the law and should be punished as required by law, not by what people think of him.

     
  • posted at 10:32 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    This young man I hope will not be able to walk at graduation! LUSD board i hope will kick him out of the dist! As a parent who has delt with LUSD over something so silly, and kicked my child out of dist and will not let him walk,this young man should be no better! And he is 18! I hope he gets some time for this! Tokay asst princiable you sat on the board and made the choice to ex-my child what makes this one any better! He is an adult!!! Mine was a minor, and you did not care at all! So i would like to see the same for this young man!!!!!And for those of you who might be thinking my child's situation did not have anything to do with drugs! Just dumb kid stuff! LUSD had ZERO Tall!!!! This should be no differnt!!!!!!

     
  • posted at 10:31 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    They are all "good" kids until they get caught. Teens, especially arrogant teens who have talents and have had accolades heaped on them, think they are invincable and they are exempt from rules and laws and can do whatever they want with impunity. OOps, look like this kid found out the hard way it ain't so. Hopefully a life lesson he will take to heart.

     
  • posted at 10:18 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I think they should publicize it and the school should kick him out. If he is allowed back in school and on the football team he will learn absolutely nothing. Expel him and make him go to adult school to finish his education. Let other students learn from his mistakes. It would not be the end of the world for him.

     
  • posted at 10:15 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Why shouldn't the LNS print this story? Did this young man break the law? Sure sounds like it.To those of you that think he's a good guy, maybe he is and maybe he isn't, but he's none too bright though is he?Good luck to him and his Family. Don't worry about him, he'll serve no time over this, he may not even go to court. My bet is misdemeanor and he'll pay a fine. No probation.You heard it here first!

     
  • posted at 9:45 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I agree with Al Da Long. They absolutely DID NOT have to publicize this. He was on so many front covers for football and now even the little kids who look up to him have to see this. Patrick is a great guy! He may do some ad things but he really is a hard worker. He doesn't use steroids. He may have used them for his shoulder, but im sure he forgot they were there. I hope he gets out of this okay. And he learns from it, but as a friend, I hope he does. I dont think Patrick or his family would have appreciated this being a huge front cover. He's very talented, not only on the field but he can also have a career in acting cause Every 15 Minutues was great! He did a fantastic job!

     
  • posted at 9:23 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    How come nothing like this giant front page article and 2 pictures weren't printed when ex-police chief Hansen's daughter was busted? Couldn't be that Marty, Fred and Rich instead printed a tiny second page article instead, not even bothering with any real detail. And undoubtedly trying to deflect the fact that the drug problem at good old Lodi High is just as bad, if not worse with the wealthy and good old boys and girls that are well off with spare cash are rumored to be involved in even selling or trading.

     
  • posted at 9:16 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Dogs, sorry about that. I got in a hurry and didn't mean to scream, just too lazy to retype in small case. Parents need to keep their narcotic and psycho doctor prescribed meds counted and put away. Unless they are too medicated themselves to remember how many were left or even how many they've taken. Pain medications seem to be freely prescribed by too many doctors in Lodi that merely dispense them without anything but a patient merely asking for them without any tests or exams to diagnose the supposed pain.

     
  • posted at 9:06 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    The LNS could actually be somewhat respectable and change the picture at least. The picture although staged, makes it look like he was beat up during a drug bust/car chase etc. But the LNS be actually respectable and using good judgement.....Come on Marty, or are you on vacation.

     
  • posted at 8:03 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    @ordinarycitizen The @ sign is used to show that you are directing your comments or response to one person. It is used on twitter alot. Some people on Facebook use it also. Hope that helps.

     
  • posted at 6:51 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I can only think of two places were this young man could have gotten the morphine found in his wallet. From the guy on the street corner or his folks medicine cabinet. Morphine is at the top of pain killers list and I wonder what kind of pain he was in that he needed it in the first place. Not sure if being busted in High School for drugs would keep him out of the Military.And Pre$$ure, stop screaming

     
  • posted at 6:44 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I suppose we should be asking Lodi News Sentinel why they thought it important to publicly humiliate this student and his family. Layla?

     
  • posted at 6:42 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Maybe some sort of A WAKEUP CALL TO INCLUDE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND MARIJUANA IN THE DRIVING SCENARIO ALONG WITH ALCOHOL. MR. MCCARTHY, YOU'RE A YOUNG, TALENTED, HANDSOME AND, I ASSUME, A POPULAR PERSON ON THE CAMPUS AND I'M SURE OTHERS LOOK TO YOU FOR ADVICE AND ADMIRATION. DON'T LET THIS ONE MISTAKE RUIN YOUR LIFE FOREVER AND PLEASE MAKE THIS AN IMPORTANT LEARNING PROCESS AND A VALUABLE STEP FORWARD IN YOUR YOUNG LIFE. YOU'VE STILL GOT A GREAT FUTURE AHEAD FOR YOURSELF.

     
  • posted at 6:35 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    It's so sad all of these "adults" making the comparisons between Tokay High and Lodi High school students.....I am a Lodi High alumni and to be completely honest,I dont want to engage in bashing Lodi high but I knew students who, on a regular basis, carried far worse narcotics on them, daily! Lodi high families and parents need to have their bubbles popped. It happens just as frequently there, it's just that there seems to be a more prestige in secrecy about it.

     
  • posted at 6:29 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Tokay Administrators now have to make a decision for this individual. This was a school function and he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Schools do have a ZEZRO tolerance for drugs on campus. Are they going to look the other way or take some action. Granted he did make a mistake but it does not take away the fact he was in possession of a controlled substance. As for his parents you have to ask were they aware that he was taking morphine for his pain.

     
  • posted at 6:22 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    this is so stupid. This staging doesnt prevent kids from boozin', blowin bush, or putting an cold spike in ones arm. What a waste of time and money. too bad for that kid packin morphine though

     
  • posted at 6:15 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Since McCarthy is 18 and considered to be an adult is the reason he made the front page. If he was a juvinile, no name or picture. Instead of drugs, had he had a cundom, no problem there.

     
  • posted at 6:13 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Patrick is a great kid who made a stupid mistake. I know him and I believe that he will definitely learn from this experience. I'm just not sure it was necessary to put this on the front page......

     
  • posted at 6:12 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    JOurney, I agree, today it is cut and dry, let the facts teach the lesson not the people. See if the pills would have been a twinkie, a 400# Motorcycle officer would have ate it. FACT.

     
  • posted at 6:09 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I agree with "Al Da Long" and "Journey" This incident should have been between the parents and the police in a private manner, not on the front page of the newspaper. Yes it seems that we have to have "BIG" stories to keep up all the hype. The boy did volunteer for a good cause....no we are all not perfect. I think the parents need to support him and get him help if needed. We shouldn't jump to any conclusions.

     
  • posted at 5:40 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Al Da Long: You are absolutely right! I remember the day when such situations were handled between the officer and the parents and everything was kept confidential. However, that was a simpler place in time -- and that time is gone forever.

     
  • posted at 5:22 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    LPD could have called his parents & School officials in, explained this situation and what they actually could do, and been kept between them and his family vs Front page news. With this type of handling of it, I am amazed they didn't call swat in and raid his house, maybe even call in DEA...... Get real, other students have probably been arrested some even let go for similar things, but none made the front page.

     
  • posted at 4:49 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    People who are planned on being fake booked in jail MAYBE and search by the police.... hahah wow

     
  • posted at 4:45 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Looks like Mr, Bigtoe graduated from Lodi High, he had a little trouble with using capital letters. And who the heck does not carry around a couple of pain killers?

     
  • posted at 4:12 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    You people talking about Lodi High compared to Tokay should be taken off this blog!!! This is about a student that made a huge mistake and we need to support him and help him and any other child that are turning to drugs for an outlet. If you people think you are all are so perfect and your children are perfect your the ones who might have to face this one day (Hopefuuly not) but no one is perfect. I feel very sorry for this family I know Patrick and he has alwys been very respecful to my family. Why would midtown man say it would be a Tokay football player? what does football have to do with this? That is so rude you as an adult is a waste by lowering yourself to talk like a teenager.This is about a child that needs support not stupid rude coments I think as Aduts we need to help and support all students Tokay or Lodi !!!!

     
  • posted at 3:50 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    What was this kid thinking? he obviously knew the narcotics were in his wallet, but forgot. Not only are these kids getting arrested for DUI's, but narcotics too. These kids are our future. I'm not really shocked because this is an ongoing problem and it seems to be happening all the time. These kids use for recreational use, then it turns deadly. just like our latest star Corey Haim. This will be a wake-up call for this young man.....Nip it in the bud before they really kill someone or themselves.

     
  • posted at 3:47 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Ordinarycitizen: I've wondered the same thing regarding @@@@@@@@. :-) Anyway, the kid has a father and a mother, right? Somewhere? Right? All I meant was that the kid needs intervention. I wish the absolute best for him whether it's parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles, etc. who intervene.

     
  • posted at 3:41 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    This kid is young, therefore he has a really good chance in life - two pills in his wallet doesn't make a drug abuser. Could be, but we don't know all of the facts. And the kid doesn't look like he's on steroids. He looks like he has been hitting the weights and in great shape for playing football. He's too small for steroids. And finally, I have a question. Why do people use the (at) sign @ when responding to other bloggers, such as @journey as the example. This @ sign means at - as in something@(at)hotmail.com. OR, the dinner is @ 7:00 p.m. OR, meet me @ the library @ 5:00 p.m. Just wondering because to me it doesn't make any sense responding @journey.

     
  • posted at 3:41 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    We should not compare Perkins to McCarthy as they come from two completely different backgrounds. We should celebrate Perkins' success and be there to support McCarthy.

     
  • posted at 3:38 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    tokay54 I couldn't agree with you more. If you don't know his family life please do not pile on this kid. When teens struggle or make bad decisions they need to be able to look up to some adults that truely care about them. Luckily for Patrick there are many coaches, teammates that care about him. I wish that certain parents at Tokay would act like the adults they are and help support their son's teammate rather than turning their back on him.Hopefully this is the wake up call he needs and that he can learn from this mistake. For all the 18 year old bashers on this blog, enjoy your mistake free life of utopia you live in.

     
  • posted at 3:38 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Wujek- The staged part was a drunk driving accident. The narcotics part was not not part of the plan. As it says, the arrest was not expected and it is very unfortunate that this has happened to someone who was supposed to learn a lesson from this experience although maybe he will learn even more this way.

     
  • posted at 3:28 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    re: hairybigtoe. Quite the assumption on the steroid comment. Again, you have no infortmation that would support your allegation and it is a cheap shot to Tokay. Hey don't get me wrong, Perkins has a great opportunity to play for a great program and I wish him the best of luck. Just funny how people love to kick you when your down.

     
  • posted at 3:23 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Whatever college he wanted to play football for won't have to deal with his stupidity.Here's your sign.

     
  • posted at 3:22 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    re: midtowner. This is a consequence of an individual poor decision, not a reflection of a team as you attempt to smear the entire tokay football team. That would be like all USA swimmers smeared over Micheal Phelps taking a big bong hit. Appears Phelps received another chance and so should this kid. Not a waste, just a mistake that can be corrected.

     
  • posted at 3:17 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Wujek, re-read the article. It was a real event within a planned, staged activity.Tokay HS, Great job in bringing real life examples of what can happen.

     
  • posted at 3:13 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    And here I was thinking the first read through that the drugs were PART of the 15 minute lesson, Demonstrating the consequences of actions. Guess I should have been the one to read the article closer.

     
  • posted at 3:11 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I do see the morphine pills part. Here's a hint; if you are going to be working with the police the HIDE the evidence.If you are dumb enough enough to be doing something like drugs.

     
  • posted at 3:08 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Um, You guys do realize this was a STAGED accident right (as stated in the first paragraph)? Used for educational purposes. Or are you playing the part of the community outraged at teh accident?It's hard to tell on the board sometimes just how much some understand or actually read of the article.

     
  • posted at 3:05 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    @Journey: You don't have any idea what his family life is like. Dont makes assumptions that he lives an idealized subabrban lodi life.

     
  • posted at 2:24 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    We sure are raising a crop of smart kids!

     
  • posted at 2:18 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    midtowner- way to lump all tokay football players into one category. That is really intelligent of you.

     
  • posted at 2:09 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    No suprise that it is a tokay football player, what a waste!

     
  • posted at 1:18 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    No way!!! this kid has so much talent on the feild its crazy... what a sad story.

     
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