It has come to my attention tonight that all the comments attributed to Susie Yu, who is a real student at Wilton, were sent in by someone or others besides herself. Apparently this caused her a lot of unrest at school today. I just received an email from her and one from her friend.
As someone who started this award to recognize the accomplishments of high school athletes, I find this troubling to say the least. I feel bad for the people who were offended by the words she did not write, and more so I feel bad for Susie.
At her request, I am removing all the comments with her name on them. I have a call into the Wilton coach and I am going to discuss the possibility of disqualifying the Wilton team, and if so, whether to give the award to the second place team or have no winner this week. I am also suspending the voting for this week as of now.
I am going to see what I can do to prevent something like this from happening again. I must approve all comments to begin with, and will post everything as long as it is appropriate. I am going to talk to our IT people about doing something to prevent people from using fake email addresses. As this proves, it is impossible to safeguard against someone using fakes names, but since starting the blog this is the first time a situation has gone to this extreme.
My apologies to the other finalists this week as well for having to suspend the contest.
It is a pretty sad commentary when an attempt to do something positive for athletes is spoiled by this sort of immature behavior.