WHEELING - As a parent, you could drive yourself crazy thinking of all the bad things and people in this world. You know the kind of thinking: if we keep our children in our sight, nothing horrific can happen, 'we rationalize.'
You and I both know people like that and find them to be just a little over the top. Then comes this story out of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Louis Neal 'Skip' ReVille seemed like the good Christian guy next door. The dad to recently born triplets, ReVille was not only active in his church, but has a helping-hand resume that looks like this, according to the Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier:
ReVille and his wife attend Eastbridge Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant, where he serves as a youth Bible study leader. He also, on his own, led Bible studies on weekday mornings at a Mount Pleasant doughnut shop and at other times at Velocity Sports Performance.
Apparently, however, those helping hands are the kinds of things that give parents nightmares. You see, ReVille, 32, is being held on $675,000 bail at the Cannon Detention Center, after being charged with sexually assaulting three boys, ages 13-15.
As if that isn't bad enough, there's a fear that this vagabond coach, who has had several stops in several different locations, has done this before - many times.
Truthfully, this sickens me. But what makes me burning mad, is that background checks are said to have been thorough, at least according to Coach Christian board chairman Dr. Brent Egan.
God forbid this would happen to one of my children, but if it did I would want to hear a whole heckuva lot more than that. Like how about the name(s) of the person(s) doing that check. I want to know, starting with Egan, whose head is going to roll in addition to ReVille's.
But mostly, I want to know why?
Were there not signs?
Didn't someone see something they found peculiar?
I don't know about you, but this scares me to death. Hug your kids tight tonight when you put them to bed.
High School Heisman
Congratulations go out to Parkersburg South's David Jeffrey, a member of the OVAC, and Huntington St. Joseph's Kara Anderson, who were selected as West Virginia's winners of the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Winning in Ohio were Brunswick's Selena Pasadyn and Buckeye Central's Adam Paynter.
The list had been narrowed to 20 finalists in each state, and it stood to reason the OVAC, with eight nominees, had a solid chance to bring home at least one.
Other are W.Va. nominees were: Taylor Gianangeli and Michael Mastromichalis of Weir, Josh Harrick of Brooke, Wheeling Park's Lee Mendenhall, and Tyler Consolidated's Keri Suter. In Ohio, Edison's Kayla Prokopakis was the lone OVAC finalist.
Shawn Rine can be reached via e-mail at Rine@theintelligencer.net