Keenan story was overblown
I've read and heard a lot about Boys' Latin faceoff specialist R.G. Keenan being charged with a DUI. The story has made it on radio talk shows and in newspapers. Wow, what an overblown story.
First, I was surprised how The Sun treated the story. From the headline to the length of the story, I was surprised that Keenan, 18, was treated more like a professional athlete than one in high school. He made a mistake, lied and has to suffer the consequences, but he is a high school athlete.
I've coached high school-age kids in lacrosse for four years now, and I'm also a parent. I realize that these kids do make mistakes, and every parent and coach just hopes it isn't his or her child or athlete that gets in trouble. I've known R.G. for four years because my son plays lacrosse for Boys' Latin, and R.G. is a great kid. He is a good student, has good grades and is well-liked by his teammates. He will someday make many positive contributions to our society.
I know a DUI is a serious offense and the serious results that can come from it, but I also realize the Keenan is a young man first and an athlete second, even though he was the most dominant high school lacrosse player in the area.
No high school student, regardless of whether he is from Boys' Latin, McDonogh, Dundalk or Parkville, deserves the kind of scrutiny that Keenan has been under.
-- Mike Preston