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  • King's View: If its true, ex-coach has hurt many

  • If the allegations against him are true, Scott Studer has hurt a lot of people in a lot of different ways. Many of those are people he has never met and will never meet.

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  • If the allegations against him are true, Scott Studer has hurt a lot of people in a lot of different ways.
    Many of those are people he has never met and will never meet.
    Studer, the former head coach of the Jackson High School freshman boys basketball team, has been indicted on eight counts of illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance. The video recordings surfaced on Nov. 14 when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, with help from Jackson Township police, searched Studer’s Pin Oak Avenue NW home during an investigation believed to be connected with the alleged purchase of child pornography.
    According to published reports in other GateHouse Ohio newspapers, authorities say Studer admitted to making the first video in 2005. Each count of the indictment represents a school year, going back to that time.
    A coach since 1984, Studer resigned that post and his job as a school building aide the day of his arrest.
    Any psychological and emotional damage he may have inflicted on the alleged victims is hard to quantify, but I have a lot of compassion for the parents of those alleged victims.
    Day after day, week after week through the years, they dropped off and picked up their sons at practice. They went to games, scrimmages, banquets, fundraisers and other team functions and never gave it a second thought. They trusted the coach to teach their sons about basketball, and maybe also a little bit about life and responsibility, teamwork, courage, conviction, perseverance, work ethic, morals and doing the right thing. They trusted the coach to respect their boys and do no harm.
    Just two and a half years ago, in March 2010, Jackson High School and the community were celebrating the varsity boys basketball team winning the state title for the first time. And now all those great memories have been stuffed into a box and thrown into a dusty corner of some long-forgotten room. They can’t be enjoyed for a while, because the current mess is so big and so devastating that it completely overshadows everything else going on in the school and community right now, sports and otherwise.
    Jackson High School has become a national story for all the wrong reasons, and students are not the only ones impacted by this situation.
    The reputations of coaches, administrators and teachers in other communities may come into question.
    For if it can happen at Jackson, it can also happen at Springfield, Coventry, Green, Lake, Manchester or anywhere else.
    If it can happen in freshmen boys basketball, it can happen in junior varsity boys basketball.
    If it can happen in boys sports, it can happen in girls sports.
    If it can happen in winter sports, it can happen in fall and spring sports.
    Page 2 of 2 - If can happen with a male authority figure, it can happen with a female authority figure.
    If it can happen in a locker room, it can happen in a hallway or on a school bus.
    If it can happen after school or during school.
    If it can happen in a concealed manner, it can happen in broad daylight.
    If it can happen with a sports team, it can happen with the marching band, Key Club, National Honor Society, art club and science club.
    The tentacles this story has created are endless.
    There are many great coaches, teachers and advisers who work with children everywhere, every day. They live by a strict code of ethics and would never, ever do anything to harm kids at any time in any situation for any reason.
    Yet, because it allegedly happened with one coach of one team in one sport at one school, all the other adults running activities in which children are involved have been tossed into the limelight. They will be closely watched to see if they’re doing something they would never do. And if there’s even the slightest possibility that something is amiss, these people will be tried in the court of public opinion.
    It’s not fair, but it’s a fact of life.

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