I guess I'll start a new blog here. For your information, Malvasi Jr. had attended a dance with a Cardinal Mooney student held at Cardinal Mooney. Believe it or not, there are families that live in Canfield and have their children attend Cardinal Mooney. There are also families who live in Boardman, Poland, Youngstown, Austintown, Salem and Springfield. I'm sure I have left out a few other cities or townships, but you get the point. So, as for the question of "Why were they in Canfield?" The answer would be that they went to a classmates home after the dance. I do believe that the only reason this incident made the front page is because the Malvasi home had a surveillance tape. I also believe that the Malvasi family called the Vindicator and wanted the story put out there to take the guilt away from their son, who threw the first punch and than ran home to Mommy and Daddy. That's not to say the others weren't in the wrong. They were. I don't think it was a Canfield vs Mooney fight, I think it was a stupid macho power struggle amongst teenage boys. What did Malvasi Jr. say to his parents when he abruptly arrived at home? What happened to his date? Did she get out before everything went down? Did Malvasi Jr. take her home? I do believe that all parties involved were in the wrong and should be punished accordingly. For those of you who wonder about consequences for the kids at school---------THIS DID NOT HAPPEN ON SCHOOL TIME OR PROPERTY! IT WAS NOT BROUGHT ON BY A WIN OR A LOSS OF A GAME OR CLAIMING OF TERRITORY!!! If the Cardinal Mooney and Canfield principals feel there should be ramifications for shining a bad light on their schools, then it's up to them- NOT THE PUBLIC, to decide. One last note- not everyone who attends Cardinal Mooney High School is rich. There are families that make drastic sacrifices for their children to attend this school, as well as Ursuline. My guess is that there is way more money within the Canfield schools than Cardinal Mooney and Ursuline combined. I don't know where people get the idea that only the "well- off" send their children to a private school. It is a life choice, a major sacrifice, that my family has made. We do not live in a fancy "development." We do not take lavish vacations. We do not drive expensive cars. We do not have a blackberry or i-phone, nor do our children. But what we do have is a strong family with strong values. We are proud to be the average Cardinal Mooney Family.
March 19, 2009 at 10:49 a.m.