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Reports of alcohol at Mooney probed



Published: Fri, December 16, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

Police asked to look into ‘champagne celebration’ after football title game

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Wolsonovich

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

Youngstown

The Diocese of Youngstown has asked city police to investigate reports of Cardinal Mooney High School students drinking alcohol during a celebration of the state football championship earlier this month.

“We have heard reports and received letters of alcohol being brought into school during the state championship celebration,” said Nicholas Wolsonovich, acting superintendent of diocese schools. “We sought some advice, and as a result of that advice, we conducted an internal investigation.”

That internal probe resulted in the diocese’s notifying police, he said.

“There is certainly reason to think this needs to be investigated by people who know how to investigate,” Wolsonovich said. “On the basis of that, we turned it over to police.”

A meeting is set for today with Youngstown Police Chief Rod Foley about the matter.

Foley said he’ll review the findings of the diocese’s internal investigation to determine if it warrants a criminal investigation or is something that’s more suited to being handled administratively by the school. He said he’ll keep the city prosecutor and a juvenile prosecutor from the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s office in the loop.

As a Mooney tradition, after a championship, team members and students return to the school after the game, ring the victory bell in the school courtyard, sing songs and cheer.

Because of the probe, an assembly planned for today to mark the championship has been postponed.

A memo sent earlier this week by Mooney Principal John Young to school staff calls the incident a “champagne celebration” that occurred in the locker room Dec. 2.

Also after the state championship, four students were identified in possession of cigars, a violation of school rules.

Wolsonovich said that those students were given one-day suspensions in accordance with school policy, but 41 members of the team have said they will serve the one-day suspension out of solidarity.

The cigars were supplied by a parent, the acting superintendent said.

Part of the alcohol investigation will involve who supplied that to the students. It’s expected to include interviews with students, faculty and staff members, Wolsonovich said. When the police investigation is complete, the diocese will review it, hold those responsible accountable and take appropriate action, he said.

“The important thing is the institution does the right thing, reports it to the authorities and [does] not hide anything,” Wolsonovich said. “We’re working to make sure we respond fairly and appropriately.”


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1dck516(25 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

In a case like this I would normally say "Let HE who is without sin cast the first stone" but a parent supplying cigars to underage students/players...the parent is an idiot!

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2hmm(179 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

And the police have to get involved with drinking on school property.ok yea under age consumption...still talk about a waste of man power and tax money.... Next will be vandalism related to peeing on the radiator

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3squigglyjams(11 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This sort of activity has been going on for years and years, no matter what the celebration in school may be. Sometimes supplied by parents (which of course, is STUPID),or the kids will find a ways and means to get their "hooch" and will continue no matter how much the "community" will be involved and try to "solve the problem".It's been this way for as long as I can remember.

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4youngstown615(96 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Listen to me......if anyone thinks the kids today are not drinking & smoking @ ALL the schools, they are living in the "Dark Ages" I'll admit my first "drunk" was in 1962 on "ripple" while attending Rayen High School. I am not proud of that.....but that's fact. A Champagne Celebration in the locker room should be addressed, but don't make a " Federa"l Issue of it. I admire the 41 student for standing together on the 1 day suspension. If you want to punish someone.... slap that parent that gave out the cigars!! AND MOVE ON. I am proud of MOONEY & it's students!! GO CARDS!!

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5tbocce(7 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Ahhh The Rayen School in the 1960s with Ripple and Thunderbird,were times so different then? Three future City mayors as classmates? The area should be so lucky as to be able to keep those 41 WINNERS around. The lessons learned could be invaluable for them and us!

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6jmagaratz(162 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

In a nutshell....football is a game supported by parents who are mentally arrested and boys who will never grow up.

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7kensgirl(571 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Oh puleeeese! The only reason this made news is because it's Mooney. Let's get real. They were smoking cigars because they won a championship. They were spraying champagne because that's what you do after a great win. Some of these kids have scholarships. They're certainly not drunks. Ok. maybe they shouldn't have a cigar in their mouths but give these hard working kids a break. If you listened to the one Mooney player the first thing he said in front of the crowd is "I want to thank God". Does that tell you something? I'm sure most of you did a hell of a lot worse during YOUR high school years. Again, the only reason this made news is because it's Mooney. Great job guys. You deserved the win!

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8youngstown615(96 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

kensgirl.......AMEN, you are "right on!!" Go Cards & Thanking GOD is what we should all do more often.

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9oneton(5 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Why is the media making a mountain out of a molehill on this? I am NOT a Mooney fan, Evan though Mooney Championships bring a good light to Youngstown I can not be excited about a team everyone knows is the best team money can buy. Having said that the facts are none of those boys were drunk or out of control. I don’t think any of them were drinking. The cigars were just a silly prop. They did not put anyone in any danger. This was a victory party, let them have some fun. Don’t the media have something better to report? I’m sure the police have better things to do also

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10my2sweetpeas(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I have to ask if everyone would be so sanguine if the "boys" in question were from Ursuline? Or East? Or Harding? Just sayin'. . . .

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11theguins(164 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Couldn't cover it up any longer ay!

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12southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Why does this surprise anyone? Wake up people.

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13kensgirl(571 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

To all you haters out there - first of all you hate Canfield and Poland people. Then you hate the police. Now you hate Catholic schools. What went wrong in your childhood that you hate everyone?? I live in Canfield because I worked my ass off earning 2 college degrees from a public institution - Y.S.U. So did my husband. No one handed us anything! We struggled and suffered but we did it like many others who had to suck it up. What did YOU do after high school? Bitterness and jealousy is everywhere around this valley. We're supposed to be working together but so many of you just want to spew hatred then complain when nothing changes. I suggest going to church and THANKING GOD (just like those Mooney boys did) for a local championship team. Bring back the steel valley conference. And to you morons who have nothing better to do than voice your venom get a real life. Or better yet get an education!

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

"The Diocese of Youngstown has asked city police to investigate reports of Cardinal Mooney High School students drinking alcohol during a celebration of the state football championship earlier this month."

Their hangovers should be punishment enough . . ..

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15Pool12man(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Congratulations Mooney Football Team and Family! When your on top there's always going to be jealousy and haters! Your team practices 4-5 hours a night and deserved your championship! No other school in the area works as hard as you Mooney boys do!

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16hurrdurr(98 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

There are some videos on youtube of the celebration. They're really dark, but when the players start addressing the crowd it does seem like a speech a person who was drinking would make.

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17UNCOMMONSENSE(353 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Your comments make it clear why our society is in the state that it is. Remember there is no cure for stupid.

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18gdog4766(1401 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

These parents who defend the drinking and smoking by KIDS are the reason the term MOONEY MAFIA exists. They raise these undereducated, self-entitled kids who for the most grow up to accomplish little. Upbringing is everything for a child and you adults who have defended this event should be ashamed. I hope the Bishop is aware of this and takes the right actions. The first being the removal of the entire coaching staff immediately. Shame on all of you.

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19palmer16121(115 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Wow....this is a completely embarrassment to Cardinal Mooney and the Youngstown Archdioces. Whoever the parent was who supplied the cigars and booze, will be facing ine very huge fine.

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20joseph(46 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This isn't even a big deal. 90% of 18 year olds drink

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21jeratboy(125 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I can't believe most of you posters. They won a championship and they celebrated.
Big Deal. If someone never smoked or drank in high school, you were one of the weird ones, and now you want everyone to have a miserable teenage life like you had. Not one of those kids will start smoking or become an alcoholic because of this one celebration. I bet if we check back in 10 years these kids will be more highly educated and earn more than most of you idiots that demand punishment.

This is not an embarrassment to anyone.
I did things like this 40 years ago, and so did everybody else! (except you weird friendless, bitter people that did not enjoy highschool)

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22jrolley325(787 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

if this was a public school, these same people would be screaming bloody murder about how these kids are nothing but punks with no morals and think they are above everything. but since its the goodie-good, do-no-wrong catholic school kids, they get a pass.

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23jrolley325(787 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

oops i forgot they would also find a way to blame obama and unions too

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24kensgirl(571 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

To GDOG 4766 - What drugs are YOU taking you moron! Cardinal Mooney ranks FIRST in the area for handing out scholarships. And I'm talking MILLIONS! I don't think they give scholarships out to "uneducated" students. We have had successful pro athletes, coaches (Stoops brothers), Boom Boom Mancini, judges, police captains and prominent businessmen come out of Cardinal Mooney. So what the heck are you talking about??? Sounds like the green eyed monster is showing his head again. And about the Mooney Mafia comment - from the time we entered Mooney we were taught to be a family and STAY that way even years after graduation. Most of us still stayed that way. God was the center of our family and we maintained that pride throughout our lives. We NEVER thought we were better than anyone else, maybe we just worked a little harder. Give these kids a pat on the back. Don't ruin their moment for them. I guarentee you won't see these kids selling drugs or burned out down on Federal St. ten years down the road. They'll continue their successes and go on to make their God (and their community) proud!

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25meagain(80 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

It is what it is. For the Mooney faithful it is your turn to bask in the unflattering limelight. We’ve all been there when kids and/or adults in our communities have made poor choices and the media hops all over it. Stand up and take it like a man. In the end it was wrong and inexcusable no matter how you want to slice it, dice it or explain it away. Take your punishment and all the harsh criticism that goes with it. Those at the top have the farthest to fall and are often the favorite targets. But have no fear some kid from (insert your favorite local community here) will plow through a nativity scene at 3:00 AM next week to take the heat off you, and it will be their turn. It is what it is. Suck it up and deal with it.

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26ConServRep(16 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Some clarity: Different people obviously have widely varying degrees of concern over high school students using cigars and alcohol. I, myself, am more tolerant of an old coot in the family introducing a teen to a cigar than I would be of other parents handing them out in a school setting. Comfort levels vary even among people who absolutely know first hand the health dangers of tobacco. Providing alcohol to highschoolers is a whole other issue. The cigar issue might be arguable, no way with the alcohol. But still, the problem here is not that alcohol and cigar use is so unheard of among teenagers, or that there aren't far worse things they could be doing. The problem here is that there are rules on the books prohibiting the use of alcohol and tobacco on campus - and no school would be operating that didn't have those rules, and having those rules means they have to be enforced equally among students. Football players cannot be considered a special category. Of course, they are a very very special category at Mooney, but some people thought that meant the same rules didn't apply. To even maintain some semblance of discipline, anyone with half a brain would have known better than to announce to reporters that the participants would not be punished. How about "no comment" or "the matter will be handled according to school rules"? The reason this issue has gone beyond containment is the malfunction at the top encouraging the worst of the parental idiocy - and "encouraging", as used here, includes aiding and abetting and facilitating. Kids don't need parental and administrative help to celebrate the wrong way - they can do that all by themselves, like anyone else growing up - and whatever that may have involved, it wouldn't have happened on school property. Nope, that took the parents and administration to arrange. One long stupidity story, getting worse every time the same questionable mentality keeps making one inane comment after another, and referring to himself in the third person. When is someone going to realize there is a possible senility issue here at the top? What else could it be, no one could be working in education this long and not know better. Could they?

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27Jambrose(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Was it a bad decision to give high school students alcohol and cigars? Absolutely. Did it show extremely poor judgement on the part of the parents who supplied these items? Unequivicobably, yes. Does this act warrant prosecution by the police? No freaking way. By all accounts these are good parents and upstanding members of our community, who made some bad decisions in the midsts of the euphoria of a state football championship. This should be handled internally, those responsible should be reprimanded by the school and boosters and we should move on. I'm sure the publicity this has garnered and the embarrassment to those involved should be motivation enough that this act of sheer stupidity will not happen again!

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28kensgirl(571 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

ConServRep- why don't you and people like you turn the record over already?? Boo Hoo Boo Hoo. We Mooney people are so sick of hearing "Oh you went to MOONEY"! For thirty five years I've been hearing that crap. Grow up why don't you? Move on! Let it go! It's obviously consuming you. Or just maybe you're off your meds. Time to get back on your happy pills darlin'!

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29PerfectBlue(3 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Look, no one can argue that these boys had great season and they brought a State title back to Youngstown, and that should be celebrated, just not in the way it was. It was wrong to have cigars and alcohol on school grounds in the presence of minors. shame on those who supplied it and on those who didn't put a stop to it. But please do not excuse the fact that all involved; coaches, parents and yes the student football players all made a poor decision that night. Sorry, but just because you thanked God for the win does not make it right. Yes kids will drink and smoke, but on school grounds is just wrong. Adults, please do not defend their actions. Just take it as a lesson learned and move on.

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30ConServRep(16 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

What does that even mean: We Mooney people are so sick of hearing "Oh you went to Mooney"??? Why don't the Mooney people do something only they can do? Take the no smoking, no alcohol rules off your own books? Doesn't seem like there would be much objection from the top on down to as low as it goes with folks like yourself. Then when you're asked if the rules are enforced, you can just say "what rules"? Sounds better than saying they don't count for some.

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31checkmark(9 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I heard something about a drug bust at Boardman High last week where 41 kids got arrested. It's funny that it was swept under the rug (not the first time)!
The jealous Catholic haters rear their ugly heads again! This is why this area doesn't have a chance. Something good finally happens and people turn it negative. All of the murders, politicians padding their pockets,and unemployment and this is what the haters focus on! Go Cards! You should be proud of your Championship!!

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32bamabiker(6 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I went to Mooney and I can tell you that place is a party school. If you ran with the right crowd there you could get into some pretty wild parties. A lot of students had parents that had the money to provide the booze, clean up the mess and keep everyone's names out of the papers. And no one wants to see a "nice kid" from Mooney get in trouble. I say make an example out of those players. It's about time those little rich kids got what was coming to them.

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33rocket686(3 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Wow! A few puffs on a cigar and a couple sips of champagne. If that's the worst that these kids ever do, they will all have led some good and decent lives. Sure, what they did was wrong and they have all served a one day suspension in school. That is enough punishment to fit this “crime”.
Tell all of these “Do-Gooders” to go hug a tree somewhere.

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34Constructor(105 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Instead of cigars, they should pass out doobs for the entire team, along with the champagne! Sure, it's against the law, but what the heck... they WON!!

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35kensgirl(571 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Bamabiker - obviously you need counseling. I went to Mooney and my dad wasn't rich. At the time he was a welder at the miill and worked overtime to pay for my education. My husband had to pay his own way at age 14. I didn't grow up to be a snotty person. As a matter of fact my late husband would go out on his own time and pull kids out of the ghetto who were dealing drugs or buying them. Is this the actions of a snotty attitude.? Shame on the people who took something small and blew it up to fire up their venom against some kids who were caught up in the moment. If this were Boardman, East or any other school I'd say the same thing. Enough already.

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36northsideart(111 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Who cares? They're going to get liquored-up one way or another. Might as well have parental supervision. All this hiding of it just puts kids in positions where they end up drinking and driving or getting alcohol poisoning or something else that could be avoided if adults were there to supervise. And no, I'm not a Mooney person. I don't even like Mooney.

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37steelhead(123 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Congratualtions Cards on a well played football season. Now it's time to put High School football in perspective. These kids were supplied with alcohol and tobacco on school grounds by a parent or coach. That is illegal and against school policy. The students and responsible parents should be punished according to the law and policy. Treat them like any other student. If these kids were not atheletes and were caught on school grounds (or off) with alcohol and tobacco provided by a parent what would happen? As far as the other kids taking a suspension day in "solidarity", sounds like a free day off to me. I would make absolutely sure they were in school doing what they were supposed to be doing. The coaching staff and teachers who witnessed this and did nothing about it should be punished as well. I graduated from Mooney. I partied. I know kids are going to party. It should not be endorsed by the school or the parents.

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38bamabiker(6 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

So kensgirl thinks I need counseling for stating a fact? Here's some more: it's against school policy and the law to provide minors with alcohol and tobacco. I don't care who the students and parents are or which school they attend. Punish them and make an example of them.

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39samIam(211 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

No punishment!! They are already doin' time in YOUNGSTOWN 'nuff said!

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40rememberwhen(9 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This is a football town. Whatever a football player wants to do they do. Dido on the parents. Education @ mooney is very second and God would be way down the line. Wonder why the superind. is letting others do the job cuz lots of powerful people pay for alot of stuff that goes on at mooney and he of course would be stepping on someones toes. Maybe the supplier? Yes, alot of schools have stuff going on, but mooney people think they are above the law. My children attend catholic schools, and we see this all the time, and I am sure the investigation will be a slap on someones hand depending on who it is. To many bad things have happened with Mooney maybe they should not think a state title is all its about.

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41kensgirl(571 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

toycannon - you sound like not only a miserable person but a vindictive one as well. You're a "hater" and sounds like you always will be. Instead of toycannon your name should be loosecannon. Nuff said.

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42aylesboro(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

You can blame the parents but these kids knew better. Just a sad case of poor judgement by kids that think they are above the law. As far as a punishment goes I think they should pick up every cigarette butt and beer can from mooney to to the courthouse.

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43whoa21(16 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Basically, supplying a child with tobacco and alcohol is against the law. There is visual evidence of the tobacco use and there should be repercussions. I dont care what school is involved it is against the law. So why all the exceptions, exemptions and excuses. Mooney's administration is doing the honorable thing, not a bandwagon, knee jerk, sweep it under the rug type of thing. In addition, if I were the football coach the 41 kids that took a the day off as an unexcused absence would be doing something at the school showing support to the administration that funds the football program and makes it possible for the existence of the program. Showing the disrespect for authority further polarizes the program and the widespread opinions that athletes are above the law

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44Dugan(4 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Having cigars on school grounds- not allowed

Drinking underage - Illegal

Drinking on school grounds -.Not allowed

If these are the facts, how can anyone defend these actions? Why hasn't the school taken action? Does anyone really think anything is going to happen to the players, coach's or parents..... Why they did it isn't the issue, they did it and violated school rules and the law!

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45slappysmith(55 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

the majority believe that because they won a state championship all the laws broken mean nothing because they play for Mooney. typical Youngstown mentality.

Everyone in violation of the law should have their day in court just like the rest of us

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46jrkuty(2 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Sad state of affairs.

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47Westsider(222 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Wonder what the OHSAA has to say about this? With all the cheating and recruiting from other schools that Mooney (and Ursuline) has done in the past - it is interesting that this type of illegal activity is getting the most attention

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48HeMyPO(92 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This is stupid. If drinking alcohol & smoking a cigar is the Biggest problem in Mooney, then may we all take a knee & thank the Lord !!

Get A Life People !!

Its High School, not a Sanctuary !!

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49shutyourface(246 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Toycannon I am not a Mooney person first let me say that. Man you are a hater cry baby wow.

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50Hlecter(59 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Maybe we should wait till all the facts come out?

Everyone is assuming that parents or coaches supplied this stuff? Coaches? Really? I say no way to that one. Where did that come from anyway. How did the administration and faculty "allow" this behaviour? I read in the posts that some of you believe this also. That is rubbish.

I have heard a lot of different versions, including a most important one-----that the champagne was non-alcoholic.

I thought the "cigar" part was kind of funny but in retrospect it would have been better if the kid ringing the bell had it unlit. I am a smoker so maybe that clouds my thinking.

Those of you who refer to Mooney kids as entitled, spoiled, rich (so what's wrong with that now), etc. should open up your minds. That is hater talk.

It was a celebration that got out of control for the premises. This incident has taken on a life of its own. Completely overblown and I agree that the media is loving every minute of it. Not just cause it's Mooney, this kind of story "sells".

Again, wait till all the facts come out and a lot of you will walk back on the comments made here.

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51Life888(17 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Smoking and drinking alcohol are bad, m'kay?

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52briant(57 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

All the way from Florida, I cannot believe this is the most commented story.....Good, bad, right or wrong, is this ALL that is going on in Youngstown?

Yes, the parents were wrong, IF they supplied the cigars and alcohol...but my guess is the kids got it themselves. Don' fool yourselves, this is not an enviornment like "Little House on the Prarie". We all got this stuff well before we were legal...They got caught! Take the medicine and move on!!

Isn't there more going on in Y-town to report on? Or, is Vindy being selective on what is being posted....

Hmmm......

Stan...what are your thouhts???

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