ldurham I think you need to look at this from another viewpoint. Obviously you are anti-Signal Mountain and no one can change your bitterness. Did you stop and think about this kid? Do you know this kid, or his mentor? If my child was threatened a knife-point or was not receiving a great education I would do whatever it took to get him into the best school possible. Thank God for Ward Gossett writing this article and being FAIR by getting the child's perspective on what happened when you have a bunch of LIBERAL MORONS at the TFP like CLAY BENNETT sitting around drawing cartoons that bash a high school for a living. Until you can wrap your mind around what Tim McClendon has gone through in his life, and what it means for a 17 year old kid who has never had a lot to live for, to finally feel a part of something and feel like he can succeed, then you need to keep your ignorant thoughts to yourself. God Bless SMMHS and the people there who have made this kid a part of their family. The fact that this kid plays football is your only argument, because I guarantee you if he was a non-athlete it wouldn't matter to you either way what he did. You don't get a diploma from hs that says anything about being a football player.