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Apr 1, 2009 1:54 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton wrestling coach arrested on drug charges

Apr 1, 2009 1:54 PM

Southampton High School head wrestling coach Ryan McCready was arrested on March 17 and charged with driving while impaired by drugs and possession of a small amount of heroin and a hypodermic needle, according to State Police.

It was his second arrest since September on charges of driving while impaired and possession of drugs.

The coach and Southampton Elementary School physical education teacher was placed on administrative leave immediately after school district officials confirmed the charges last week.

Mr. McCready’s future with the Southampton School District is uncertain, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. J. Richard Boyes, who said the district will wait for the outcome of the criminal proceedings before making any decisions.

State Police said Mr. McCready, 24, a resident of East Quogue, was pulled over at 9:15 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day for a vehicle and traffic violation on Sunrise Highway between the Manorville and Westhampton Beach exits. During the stop, police said, he was found to be high on drugs and in possession of a hypodermic needle with less than half a gram of heroin.

Mr. McCready was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument, all misdemeanors. He was brought to the State Police barracks in Riverside, processed and released with a ticket to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court on April 20.

In September, Mr. McCready was pulled over in Riverhead for failing to stay in his lane and was charged with driving while impaired and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, according to the Riverhead Town Court. He was scheduled to appear there on Wednesday to answer those charges.

Bob Clifford, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, said both cases will be handled by a special prosecutor because Mr. McCready’s brother, Shaun McCready, is an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County.

Mr. McCready did not return several messages left on his cell phone’s voice mail. His home number is unlisted.

According to a press release issued by the Southampton School District on March 26, district officials first learned of Mr. McCready’s arrest on Tuesday afternoon, March 24.

“The district learned at the same time that Mr. McCready had a legal entanglement from September 2008,” the release stated. “The district had not been made aware of this earlier legal matter by any state agency or law enforcement agency.”

Dr. Boyes said on Friday that he learned of both incidents from a local source, whose identity he would not divulge. “We were contacted by someone who had information, then we tried to verify that,” he said. “I contacted the school attorney, and he looked into it ... and confirmed it for me.”

Dr. Boyes said he called Mr. McCready into his office and put the question directly to the teacher. Mr. McCready confirmed the information and was put on leave. The superintendent said he did not go into specifics with Mr. McCready about either the September incident or the recent arrest. “It wasn’t my place to interrogate him,” he said.

Starting Monday, March 30, retired Southampton physical education teacher Chris Sweet took over for Mr. McCready at the elementary school, according to a letter from Dr. Boyes to the parents of the elementary school’s students that informed them of Mr. McCready’s recent arrest. The letter was posted on the district’s website on Friday.

“There are due process and privacy rights involved here, and we will not comment further or make decisions for the future until various issues are resolved,” the letter reads.

Many parents who know Mr. McCready, either through the wrestling team or the elementary school, have come out in support of the coach.

“He never once brought his personal problems into school—in fact, just the opposite.” said Anthony Maglione, whose son is a senior on the Southampton wrestling team. “He has always been on the kids to do the right thing.”

Mr. Maglione said Mr. McCready’s arrest does not nullify all of the good things he has done. He called the coach a gentlemen, respectable and a great teacher.

“He’d high-five everybody—he cared, he was young, he was energetic and I do think he loved his job,” said parent Kelly McLaren, whose two sons, a second-grader and fifth-grader, have both had Mr. McCready as a gym teacher.

“You go out at lunch time, and he’s always playing a pickup game with the kids … He’s not sitting there talking with the other teachers.” Ms. McLaren said on Friday.

She also lauded Mr. McCready for being the first gym teacher she’s ever met at one of her sons’ progress report meetings. “He cares about all aspects of their life, not just in gym,” she said.

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Ryan is a wonderful supportive teacher who clearly has a problem that needs to be addressed. Our hearts and prayers go out to him and his family, and we hope he seeks the help needed to conquer this disease. He has hit bottom and hopefully this will change his life for the better.
By mexicokid (21), brooklyn on Mar 26, 09 6:05 PM
We are in shock about Coach McCready. He has been a positive influence on our children and has been respected by his students as well as the parents. We hope that he will get the help needed and our prayers will be wih Ryan and his family during this dark time.
By shasha (1), Southampton on Mar 26, 09 10:31 PM
Yeah sure! I 'll believe it when I see it. In the 7th degree what is that? Some kind of aroma in the car? or the police of 'Mouthampton" are over reacting on St. Paddy's day yet again.
In the end the truth will prevail. It is just unfortuneate for his reputation to be tarnished likw this. Good luck!, Mr. McCready.
By UFChamp (1), Southampton on Mar 26, 09 11:13 PM
my children love Mr. McCready, I have a child in the elementary and in the High school, I hope all goes well for him...Good luck Mr. McCready
By jam (2), southampton on Mar 27, 09 6:38 AM
Is it really necessary to send letters to all the Parents, what a waste of tax payer money. instead lets use the money to have a real talk with the students about Drugs.
I hope Mr Mcready receives the help he needs and that the school supports him
with his Problem. He is a good man with a demon he must face.lets not make his life any worse.
its amazing how most of us dismiss the problem of drugs in our community,
we let it destroy our childrens lives everyday. But very little is ...more
By Peterk (5), shinnecock on Mar 27, 09 8:05 AM
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By slamminsammy (104), Hampton Bays on Mar 27, 09 8:15 AM
Actually UFChamp, marijuana is specifically excluded from the criminal possession statute. The 7th degree is the only criminal possession charge that isn't a felony. It is the worst possible misdemeanor (class A) you can be convicted of. I don't know what odor a hypodermic needle produces? I hope he gets the help he needs (I don't know him, but from the comments he seems lke a good guy), but by the same token I don't want him anywhere near my elementary aged children.
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Mar 27, 09 8:45 AM
How could the school district just learn about his September 2008 "legal entanglement"? Teachers are fingerprinted and when there is a " legal entanglement" the school district is immediately notified???? I smell a cover-up here......
I do not know Mr. McCready, only of him. I have heard very nice things about, but he also has a deep problem. I would not want my children around him.
By powerwalker (52), Southampton on Mar 27, 09 8:55 AM
Hmmmm nothing like a rush to judgement. None of you knows what he was using or the extent of his usage of this substance. I am not condoning drug use, but suddenly a young man who has been coaching and teaching in your community has demons? Has hit bottom? Shouldnt be around your children? No one noticed these demons pryor to his arrest? I dont know how long Mr. McCready has been employed by the district, but the "legal entanglement" they refer may not have shown up in a background check if the ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Mar 27, 09 10:05 AM
This make me sad. Really sad for Ryan. Really sad for his students. I know seeing him daily, the kids love him!! He is missed...

I hope the district is smart enough to have an open dialog regarding Ryan and drug use with both the students and the parents. Unfortunatly, this can be used as a teaching tool.

Ryan... you are in my families thoughts and prayers...
As evident above, the community loves you. Mistakes happen...now is the time to clean up.
By SESmom (5), Southampton on Mar 27, 09 10:11 AM
I can understand the rush to judgement by parents who say"I don't want him near my kids" Its human nature to want to keep our children protected. However every child and parent who have actually experienced Ryan Mccready's interaction with their kids, instead of just reading a bunch of headlines, have nothing but wonderful things to say about Ryan. He is caring, considerate, and quite talented as a teacher and coach! Before rushing to judgement and painting a red S on his forehead, speak to parents ...more
By mexicokid (21), brooklyn on Mar 27, 09 10:32 AM
I just hope that the Press does a follow up on this story. Perhaps here Coach McCready's side of things. Im sure you will, but I doubt it will make the front page...
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Mar 27, 09 11:52 AM
did he bring a dog to school too? Or maybe he can work on the Town's bungled finances during his absence.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Mar 27, 09 12:43 PM
I have two children who both had the pleasure of having Coach McCready. He took a great interest in both and always was caring, considerate and positive. I realize that the school is now in a tough situation and needs to make a decision. Speaking as a parent who saw Ryan as a real asset to the Elementary school, I can only hope that they take that into consideration. Ryan was always engaging the children and was upbeat and fun. The kids always sought him out to play because they knew that they would ...more
By Parent (2), southampton on Mar 27, 09 1:18 PM
Thank you for deleting my comment. Did it have to do with being opposite of ever single comment here?

People who inject themselves with drugs have no business being near children.
By slamminsammy (104), Hampton Bays on Mar 27, 09 1:49 PM
I don't think there is a rush to judgment. He was caught in possession of drugs (and it is not marijuana) and a hypodermic needle. I'm going to have to agree with slamminsammy here. Sure he has a right to due process but really what is the defense? Does he bring these things to school with him? Who knows, but I don't want to find out.
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Mar 27, 09 1:55 PM
coach is my friend and my coach. powerwalker if u dont know him dont right away say he is a bad man not everyone is perfect. He will get the help he needs and i support him 100% with his problems. Good luck coach ill talk to u soon.
By slcknck555 (4), southampton on Mar 27, 09 2:02 PM
Are you kidding me????? I really don't need to know anyone who sticks needles in their arms to get high to know they are not a good person. He is a drug addict!!! No I'm not perfect either but I sure don't drive around with drugs and needles. What the hell is wrong with people to excuse this? So if he was downloading porn at home not on school time, but was still a nice guy, thats ok too? Good luck with that!!!
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Mar 27, 09 4:34 PM
Everyone has their demons. Some are more difficult and dark than others. Teachers are human beings and as human beings we are all multi-dimensional and have both positive and negative characteristics. I hope he is able to overcome this challenge and find peace within himself but at the same time I am not dismissing what he did, he should be responsible for his actions. Which I am sure the consequences with be life altering to say the least.
By anonomous (3), Southampton on Mar 27, 09 5:24 PM
Squeaky...who are you to judge who is good and who is not? I don't hear we need to excuse his behavior. As far as I have read and heard... no one is saying "oh just excuse him". What I do hear are people saying he is a good person. As a person, not someone who was found with drugs - but as a person. Should we just throw someone who chooses poor judgment to the curb? Should we forget about him? Man, I try not to judge people on what they do. People make mistakes. I think anyone who thinks they are ...more
By SESmom (5), Southampton on Mar 27, 09 5:33 PM
SESmom...your wasting your time with the likes of a Squeaky. She/he comes from the school "my mind is made up, don't confuse me with the facts". Imagine a world lacking compassion, understanding, and nonjudgement. Lets call it Planet Squeaky.
Ryan, our prayers and thoughts are with you as you attempt to turn your life around, and hopefully grow from this mistake.
By mexicokid (21), brooklyn on Mar 27, 09 7:43 PM
Ryan all the best to you. I hope you turn things around and are given a 2nd chance after you beat this.
In the meantime I think the coach needs some distance from our kids until he has clearly demonstrated he is beyond this issue. The kids come first.
By IceMan (4), water mill on Mar 27, 09 7:48 PM
This is a very sad situation, especially for kids who are now having to learn about a darker side of humanity. Everyone has weaknesses and people you trust can let you down and make bad choices themselves, fortunately they can also redeem themselves...I believe that Ryan will find the inner fortitude to do this in some way. I do think that everybody is entitled to express both their gut reactions and the opinions they've come to after longer consideration. However, I don't like how "littleplains" ...more
By reelocal (4), Southampton on Mar 27, 09 9:02 PM
The community, wrestlers, elementary school students and parents, etc should be ready to accept that fact. If he has a problem that he has been hiding, then he should be dismissed because that is the school's policy. however, the real reason that this coach is getting the short end of the stick is because he is a good guy. good guys never get away with bad things. however, if he were an elected official, several of whom are currently engaged in illicit activities (and yes I know who you are and ...more
By mELLOWyELLOW (1), Southampton on Mar 27, 09 11:50 PM
Any negative comments must be made by those of you who don't Ryan very well at all. The entire article is pretty sketchy. Why was he pulled over to begin with? Did the town spend yet another unnecessary gazillion dollars of our tax money for a psychic to tell them who to pull over or was he doing something to warrant being pulled over? If what has been said is tyrue, then Ryan needs help and support. I hope none of you live in glass houses! I'll bet that the stones are being cast by those of you ...more
By MsHampton (7), Southampton on Mar 27, 09 11:57 PM
coach wouldnt do this. yall just assume that since it came out in the news its true. thats not how it is. no one who hasn't met coach mccready should even have the right to comment on this page. I wrestled with the man, if there is one way to know a person's heart its through wrestling. Ryan Mccready is a great person, a valuable asset to the community and a true rolemodel. I dont trust the police out here anyway!! its definetely fake!!
By MarinerPride (1), Southampton on Mar 28, 09 12:02 AM
You know what folks, we all have our opinions. That's what makes us the USA. We should all respect Ryan's privact at this point, yes he made a TERRIBLE choice. Luckily NO children were hurt and hopefully this beloved, by all students and most parents, can get the help he needs. My wish is for a full recovery for him because this is a recovery/healing time for him. "Whatever the School Board decides is their choice, I hope they choose to bring him back after a recovery time. EVERYONE has made ...more
By momSES (5), southampton on Mar 28, 09 12:09 AM
He needs help, that is the bottom line. He was most likely a functioning drug addict, one who can put on the suit and tie and be completly normal, the one where the track marks are in a place that nobody would look for,the one who your kids looked up to, and had no idea that he was on drugs. Its a very sad situation, and everybody has thier bottom. Unfortunatly for Mr. Mcready his bottom is going to be played out in the pages of the press, and in the opinions of this community. I hope he gets well.
By EastEndGrl (9), southampton on Mar 28, 09 9:55 AM
ok ,so now we see a teacher with their "demons" [drugs] in our schools, but wait? there is not a drug problem in southampton schools! thats what we are told?? "wake up " southampton look out side the windows of the high school before and after school, you have kids smoking a lot more then cigs! nothing you can do off school property? how about when they come back into school reeking the smell, any thing to be done then, its good mcready got caught, he will get help now, i just hope more of "our ...more
By Bus Driver (1), southampton on Mar 28, 09 11:10 AM
Mr. McCready has a problem. This story shows how drugs can affect ANYONE. 24 yrs old and a great job, yet drugs may have been what caused him to throw this all away. For those of you, especialy, Mariner Pride, to find this story to be unbelievable, that is normal. But it is also a reason Mr. McCready may have had this problem as long as he has without anyone taking notice. Denial. The fact that people are quicker to blame the Police Dept for catching him and NOT placing blame where it clearly lies, ...more
By truth hurts (1), Babylon on Mar 28, 09 1:14 PM
Pray for Ryan. That is what he needs . God will get him through this time in his life. He is a wonderful person. A good friend, teacher and coach. We all make mistakes and we all need help so keep him in your prayers
By tessa143 (1), shoreham on Mar 28, 09 1:53 PM
Ryan is my sons Kindergarden gym teacher and he loves this man so much. I have been heart sick since I read this. My son has nothing but love for this man and when children love an adult that much its usually becuase they have a sense of whos good and whos not. He was always so friendly and always with a smile. I think he is a kid and needs love and help he has a problem and with any hope this might be his rock bottom. I would allow this man recoverd clean and sober around my child anyday. I think ...more
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 28, 09 3:28 PM
SESMom, no I'm not perfect but I don't go to work high. HE STICKS NEEDLES FULL OF DRUGS IN HIMSELF! Damn right I'm judging him, he's a teacher , paid with taxpayers money . He answers to us the TAXPAYERS!!!!! Looks like Mr. Wonderful isn't the only one in denial.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Mar 28, 09 5:19 PM
WOW I cant believe this. WAKE UP PEOPLE. all you saying "cant be, not him the police did it"..Saying the stuff is his, this is a classic heroin story. He fits the profile perfectly; middle to high income, socially accepted, holding down a job. Ryan appears to be a functiong Heroin addict. THIS IS HEROIN.
No its doesnt undo all his good deeds and all you standing behind him here, need to stand behind him if he decides to get help. This is one of the most addicting drugs in this area and it IS ...more
By The Truth (15), Westhampton on Mar 28, 09 5:34 PM
Squeaky just be greatful its not one of your kids ok...
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 28, 09 6:54 PM
Squeaky why are you in hampton bays but southampton schools anyway??? Mr wonderful is just that so get over it hes got a problem hope it never happens to you mrs Perfect is what your name should be..
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 28, 09 6:56 PM
The bottom line is that problem or no problem, Ryan MccCready is a wonderful man. He is the poster boy for the catch phrase " to know him is to love him" . Were any of us tehre? No, we weren't but not all of the facts in this article match up. We still don't know why he was pulled over to begin with. For Ryan to have received a DAT ( desk appearance ticket) for CPCS ( criminal posession of a controlled substance) then it wasn't a major deal. You would receive the same if you were carrying Zoloft, ...more
By MsHampton (7), Southampton on Mar 28, 09 6:57 PM
Crankypants I am waaayyyy over it. You keep the heroine junkie.....oh and it Miss Perfect thank you.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Mar 28, 09 7:19 PM
should have kept zimbler or kosinski as the coach. they are much better coaches and they are responsible adults to boot.
By OrignialLocal (34), Southampton on Mar 29, 09 11:25 AM
If they were so great Origial they would still be here no?
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 29, 09 11:53 AM
Let's give Ryan our love and support. Anyone who knows Ryan knows that he has a gentle and warm heart. The kids all love him because he respects them and they know it. He encourages each of them to be their best. He is a fantastic teacher. He made a mistake. I have no doubt he will face this demon head on and come out triumphant. Since the kids all adore him, this is a golden opportunity for him to bring another dimension to his class and to all of us. It's called forgiveness, honesty and ...more
By keepitreal (1), Southampton on Mar 29, 09 1:54 PM
Ryan is one of the most kind, compassionate, loving, giving teachers I have had an honor to know. It is unfortunate what he is going through now. My thoughts and prayers are with him, and I give him my full support for him to get through this horrible time. My child has had nothing but positive experiences with Ryan, and I believe that we should support him, and the school district should absolutely give Ryan is position back. His has a huge heart and the children have had only positive experiences ...more
By newdawn223 (1), Southampton on Mar 29, 09 2:29 PM
I have had the pleasure of knowing Ryan McCready for his entire life. I have watched him grow to be a caring, compassionate, and wonderful young man who has strived to become a wonderful teacher. Ryan went to the top Physical Education School, although it would have been easier to go elsewhere, because he wanted to be the best teacher that he could be. He realized that dream and all who know him have found him to be the best teacher, known throughout the Southhampton School District. We all ...more
By ptlady21@aol.com (1), commack on Mar 29, 09 3:51 PM
Don't they teach people in physical education school that drugs are bad. He just was hired by southampton school district and had a great job. Even though he probably wasn't making top dollar there yet, he still recieved ful medical benefits. Why would someone be willing to jeopardize a grea job that has "made his life's ambition". Its very sad. I hope he gets the help he needs and is able to overcome this problem.
By courtesy (43), Southampton on Mar 29, 09 4:25 PM
Ryan mccready is a gret man. In his life he has had some troubles. I dont think drugs was the right was to handle his problems. All he needs is some help right now he is geting help. He is a awsome guy that needs to adress his problem hopefuly he will be back soon.
By slcknck555 (4), southampton on Mar 30, 09 6:20 PM
Don't know this man but from what I've been reading he appears to be a good influence on children and has made a difference in many young lives. Someone like this deserves the communities support through these hard times. Maybe with proper drug treatment he can once again contribute to society. He deserves another chance by letting him become a spokesperson against drug abuse. I do not see why he shouldn't be alowed to teach and coach again as long as he submits regulary to random drug testing. ...more
By Walt (292), Southampton on Mar 30, 09 7:23 PM
Ryan is one of the nicest young men I have had the privilege to coach and associate with in my life. No one is perfect and life is difficutlt for all of us. "Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone". Ryan you are young and strong and loved by many. You have the opportunity to turn your life around and do great things. Many many people love you and believe in you and are here to help and support you.... Don't give up on yourself.... We believe in you
By coach j (1), brookhaven on Mar 30, 09 9:20 PM
Someone who sticks needles in their body to get high can be called a 'great man'? This great man you speak of is using the same drugs that kill people every day of the week by people using and in the streets.....

Sure, i dont think the man should have his life ruined by this but having a public position like that and having kids around this is a no-no. He can go to the administrative side of the district behind a computer screen now, keep him away from the children.

By slamminsammy (104), Hampton Bays on Mar 31, 09 12:19 AM
Ok, so sweeping Ryan under the rug and making him go away is a solution? Quite the opposite is actually the case. The children are entitled to an explanation as to why one of their favorite people is poof! gone out of nowhere. Ryan is in recovery, and this is the perfect time to teach the children the effects of drugs across the board. Ryan's illness has never ever effected his ability to perform his job ,nor cause him to ever speak or act inappropriately while doing his job. Ryan comes into work ...more
By MsHampton (7), Southampton on Mar 31, 09 8:35 AM
MsHampton, cancer couldn't be more different. It is not a choice. Drug addiction is. He chose to inject himself with an illegal and controlled substance.
He was likely injecting it while doing his job and working with your kids. It is by the grace of God that nothing bad happened or someone hurt while he was driving under the influence. My son does not need him as an example to know LOSERS do drugs.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Mar 31, 09 10:36 AM
I know some pretty big losers and well not all do drugs some are even perfect in there mind.
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 31, 09 11:55 AM
It's pitiful... when it happens up-island or in Riverhead or in Greenport, you just can just ignore it... but when it shows up in YOUR perfect little town where everything is just so, (such as, golly gee, we'd better make sure all the housese built in the village are acceptable)... oh my GOD there's HEROIN in our town, and a RESPECTED member of the community is doing NARCOTICS, OH MY GOD, it's the end of the world.

Well, guess what? Maybe things AREN'T perfect in your little world. Maybe ...more
By Undertow (64), Southampton on Mar 31, 09 11:57 AM
Well not all losers do drugs but all druggies are losers.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Mar 31, 09 1:25 PM
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By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 31, 09 3:06 PM
Mr Ryan Mc cready is a great person and a great teacher. He is great with kids.
I work at the school and have seen daily good this gym teacher is.
I was even in a class with him when he was teaching students against drug use.
It was the slogan "I believe in me I am drug free". Don't rush to judgment. We don't know what was found by the police and who it belonged to.
MAybe nothing happened- Maybe whatever was found in the car did not belong to Ryan. Remember Innocent until ...more
By Ronald Vazquez (1), southampton on Mar 31, 09 9:11 PM
Squeaky clean...where is your compassion...addiction is a disease...are you that close minded or just ignorant..."careful the things you teach, children will listen"
By XYZ (1), Southampton on Mar 31, 09 10:26 PM
I really don't even have the tolerance or patience for anyone who seems to think that they can judge anyone else. I can only hope that some people wake up before it's too late for them to see what is going on around them or even in their own home. What's "as plain as the nose on your face" isn't always so plain or even obvious for that matter. Drugs ARE a problem, they really DO exist and they exist from the Upper East side to the docks of Montauk and beyond as far as you can't even see. Wake up ...more
By MsHampton (7), Southampton on Mar 31, 09 11:23 PM
XYZ my compassion goes to people who get what they don't deserve. You shoot up, you go to jail. Thats called illegal and teachers and people in authority should be held at a higher standard. Actually any responsible adult should be able to figure out there is a problem when you have to hide track marks.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 2, 09 3:45 PM
Interesting...most of the negative and ignorant comments are coming from people that don't even live in the Southampton School District. Sweep around your own backyards... wasn’t a principal from your neck of the woods brought up on charges for harassment or something along those lines... in fact isn’t he suing? What about that board member who resigned because of theft charges…? Mr. McCready has a problem; hopefully he is addressing that problem and getting the help he needs. Maybe this is a ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Apr 2, 09 3:57 PM
I feel very surprised about what Mr.McCready did he was my phys.ED teacher couple years ago hes the one who told us not to do DRUGS and now that he did that...... I don't know what to say l looked up to him now i don't know. "every one makes mistakes once in their life nobody is perfect" I hope everything works out for him.
By athleticboy11968 (1), southampton on Apr 2, 09 5:23 PM
Ryan Mccready has a disease. It needs to be treated as exactly that. The fact that he taught so many who hopefully were able to heed his advice just goes to show you how it can and does effect anyone and everyone. Addiction unfortunately does not discriminate. It doesn't matter who you are, what you do, your age, race, income are not even factors. My 8 year old understands this concept, why don't you? Those of you speaking negatively about Ryan had better hope that they never start prosecuting ...more
By MsHampton (7), Southampton on Apr 2, 09 5:39 PM
Pstevens, I WORK in Hampton Bays. And Bush should have been barred from service for many other reasons. But if he was caught drunk, driving around Washington that wouldn't be a problem....cause he has an illness. Where is personal responsibility? Everything is an addiction, get caught with a hooker and it sex addiction. If your fat its food addiction.No one said he can't get well but come on people....IV drug use by a teacher? I have a real problem with the PC lovefest. And while you feel IV drug ...more
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 2, 09 5:56 PM
As long as he was not getting high at work it shouldnt matter.What people do on there own time should be there business.I admit that heroin is a bit much and he should quit using.If all employees were drug tested this town wouldnt have anyone working.
By richgetricher (9), northsea on Apr 2, 09 9:34 PM
Ignorance is what has caused many a tragedy and even a tragedy comes with a less to be learned. A disease is a disease there's no changing that. I never realized that the East End had so many perfect people. As I said, those pointing fingers should be pointing in the mirror and trying to figure out why they think that they have the right to judge anyone other than themselves. We know what opinions are like, don't we? Especially when they're coming from people who don't know and just assume. Instead ...more
By MsHampton (7), Southampton on Apr 2, 09 10:52 PM
From what I've read it appears that Mr. McCready is a great guy. Alcohol and drug addiction can affect anyone-good or bad, poor or rich. I pray that he gets the help he needs to deal with this situation.
Educators are held to much higher standards than many other professionals because they work with and influence kids. This is something to consider.
By haj80 (11), Chapel Hill on Apr 3, 09 3:13 AM
This man is clearly very ill and the school district should force him into full-time treatment for as long as the caregivers deem necessary upon threat of losing his job. Otherwise, he will die or kill someone.
By lulubelle1956 (24), Westhampton Beach on Apr 3, 09 1:37 PM
So...we have tolerance for teachers that use heroin or who gather DWIs and "date" their students....oops, sorry wrong school....but we have no telerance for folks willing to work hard to keep food on their tables. Yeah, let's just white, I mean write this off as yet another mistake he made. By the way, does the "three strikes you're out" rule apply here?
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Apr 3, 09 2:35 PM
Ok. Teachers are second when it comes to time spent with our children. Their actions rather in school or out affect the children. I let my children come to me about the situation. They knew about the arrest but I never asked how they felt. My oldest son would to go to Mr. McCready in the mornings for extra exercises. I really appreciate his help and concern for my son. But when any child looks up to you and believed anything that was told to them (DON'T DO DRUGS), that trust is broken. It’s like ...more
By me (6), southampton on Apr 3, 09 3:00 PM
Me - I asked a friend's child what he thought of this. His comment: "Well, if the teacher is doing drugs and everyone says it's no big deal, they [drugs] can't be all that bad."
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Apr 3, 09 4:12 PM