Colorado suggests Georgia skiers stick to North Carolina

In the broader view of education that I sometimes apply to this blog, what lesson was this Decatur dad teaching his 4-year-old when he went after an adolescent who accidentally ran into the little boy on a Colorado ski slope?

The 14-year-old girl had been skiing on a beginner run with a ski school class when she swerved to avoid a skier who had fallen in front of her and she bumped into the boy. If this father did believe that the skier had seriously injured his son, why was he wasting time punching the young girl in the face?  Who pauses for a slugfest when their child is hurt?

It turned out the child was not hurt, but the dad had to be pulled off the young girl by a ski instructor.

Now, I know why I never took up skiing. Too many lunatics. If any of the teachers on this blog end up with the child of this man in their class, prepare to duck if you ever give the kid an “F.”

This AJC story depressed me on what had been an otherwise lovely day. According to the story:

After the collision, [Scott] Filler jumped on top of the girl and struck her in the face with his fist, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike McWilliam told the paper. A ski instructor pulled Filler off the teen and, after realizing his son was not hurt, the Decatur resident apologized for his behavior.

The 14-year-old was treated for minor injuries at a local medical clinic. Filler will have to return to Vail to answer the misdemeanor child abuse charge.

–Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

40 comments Add your comment

J Wayne

December 21st, 2010
8:13 pm

Maureen, Where did you find Colorado suggesting that Georgia Skiers stick to North Carolina? If I had titled a school paper this far off the mark, I would expect a big red circle around the title with an appropriate comment like “How does this title relate to your story?” Not a bad article, but a very poor choice of title, in my humble opinion.

atlanta mom

December 21st, 2010
8:15 pm

Archie B.@Arkham Asylum

December 21st, 2010
8:26 pm

I believe most all of us would agree that this guy’s behavior was way out of line. I also find it strange that he would attack the girl first and check on the little boy second. On the other hand, besides putting himself in a very indefensible position legally, this guy has made a gold-plated fool out of himself, period. It sounds like the proper authorities were notified and this guy will get his “day in court” to answer for what he has done and there will be consequences of one kind and/or another. I say let the law take it from there.

V for Vendetta

December 21st, 2010
8:29 pm

His four year old is going to grow up to be a sheltered wimp. Then he’s going to be bullied and kill himself. Just saying.

TC

December 21st, 2010
8:33 pm

30 days in jail should teach him a lesson.

Mattie

December 21st, 2010
8:46 pm

I have seen some skiers and snowboarders do stupid things that put themselves and others at risk, but the expectations are different on beginner slopes than on regular runs. People on the “bunny” slopes are learning control, but they don’t start out with it.

This father is an idiot. I’m sure his child was more scarred by seeing his father arrested than by being knocked down by another kid.

ScienceTeacher671

December 21st, 2010
9:20 pm

Misdemeanor child abuse? Shouldn’t assault and battery also be one of the charges?

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 21st, 2010
9:28 pm

Shameful! I don’t know why white men feel they can beat people with impunity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/16/troy-dale-west-man-beats_n_289136.html

abacus2

December 21st, 2010
9:32 pm

Dr. Proud – grow up and start being part of the solution instead of part of the problem. I teach 6th graders more mature than you are.

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 21st, 2010
10:10 pm

@ abacus2

Here in rural GA we have a saying; “a hit dog will holla.” Happy Kwanzaa!

Middle Grades Math Teacher

December 21st, 2010
10:32 pm

I agree with J Wayne. This title is so off the mark. It reads more like a tabloid than a true newspaper. PBM, how do you know the dad is white? I didn’t see any mention of race in the article.

Lee

December 21st, 2010
10:36 pm

I agree with the other posters, this is not your best effort Maureen.

@PBM, you really want to get into a debate regarding black/white crime?

Here is a primer:

“Between 1976-2005, blacks made up 13% of the US population, but committed 59% of felony murders. Overall, blacks are 9 times more likely to commit murder than whites. Source: US DOJ “

Ms. Misty

December 21st, 2010
11:21 pm

Maureen, You have humorless posters. I love the title on this one. Please continue posting tales of the weird every now and then. We need a break from the constant “woe is me” from the teachers on this blog.

abacus2

December 22nd, 2010
7:07 am

Ms. Misty – You try taking all the blame for everything that is wrong in education. Believe me, it gets old!

Dr NO

December 22nd, 2010
8:23 am

Hopefully someone will punch this guy in the face then saw his legs off, thereby preventing him from venturing onto the slopes and terrorizing some other kid.

catlady

December 22nd, 2010
9:41 am

Once my daughter was skiing at Boone. One of her friends came down the hill and found a very small child, on skis, stopped in front of her. She just scooped him up, set him on the front of her skiis, and continued to the bottom. I guess the girl was lucky the dad didn’t accuse her of kidnapping!

Really, the incivility we see has its origin in the political climate. Folks vilifying each other, claiming grievances about everything (”hand in my pocket”, “taking my money”, etc) has had a horribly negative effect on the American psyche. We are contstantly mad or looking for something to be mad about, accusing each other. The sense, promulgated by the media, that everyone is out for “our stuff” and that there is not enough for everyone, has poisoned this country.

Tony

December 22nd, 2010
9:57 am

All I have to say on this one is -

You all get mad at teachers when we blame the parents. Surely the fault for this situation lies with the ski lift operator for not providing the proper skiing environment.

An American Patriot

December 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

Maureen, once again the AJC is doing City of Decatur Residents a great disservice by not researching their stories. This idiot did not live within the 4.2 Square Mile city limits of Decatur……he only had a Decatur address because he receives his mail from the Decatur Post Office. I have asked the writers of some of these stories to print corrections, but so far they have refused to do so. The AJC is just hell bent on making the City of Decatur the crime capital of Georgia

BJ

December 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

This is a very poorly written article with an even worse title. Fortunatly, I did not pay to read this online. I guess you get what you pay for….

EdDawg

December 22nd, 2010
10:56 am

I have to agree with you PBM. I read the samething into the race of the father in question, and I’m a white woman. 1) From what I’ve observed Middle class African American parents aren’t the helecopter parent that many Middle class Whites are. 2) No offense African Americans who do ski, but typically I just don’t think of African Americans going skiing … that’s typically a White thing … look at Hockey. 3) Even if an African American was skiing with his family, we cannot assume that race would cause this man to overreact. If anything, he would be wanting to fit in and not to create any waves. Some need to view the movie “Crash” again I think. I hope I haven’t offended anyone; however, as a teacher of and an advocate of minority students we must change our assumptions about these students.

What's best for kids?

December 22nd, 2010
11:49 am

Doctor PBM, you are my favorite poster. I always look forward to read what you have to say, and I giggle every time.

Dr NO

December 22nd, 2010
12:01 pm

“and an advocate of minority students we must change our assumptions about these students.”

Well maybe you must but we musnt. Speak for yourself.

Brad

December 22nd, 2010
12:03 pm

Well PBM, if you really want to go there…how often are black men in Atlanta robbed and shot by roving groups of white men?

Brad

December 22nd, 2010
12:05 pm

Or to put it in your terms, I don’t know why black men feel they can shoot people with impunity.

Dr NO

December 22nd, 2010
12:05 pm

PBM…I guess you missed the statements at the trial. The woman got what she deserved and so did he.

PS…he is already out of jail. Yep…everything changed when little miss victim was caught lying on the stand. To bad so sad HA HA!!

Brad

December 22nd, 2010
12:32 pm

PBM, I suggest you contact the family of Charles Boyer, and wish them a “Happy Kwanzaa”.

Uh-oh!

December 22nd, 2010
12:34 pm

PBN still reeling from David Sims.

Bubbette

December 22nd, 2010
7:10 pm

Well, you have to admit, it’s pretty durned embarrassing that yet another Bubba from the Deep South has gone and lost his marbles out where people are sophisticated. It’s like Jethro in Hollywood. Yep, you’re right Maureen, Bubbas should only ski in North Carolina. They really should ski in Alabama or Georgia if you want the truth. Or better yet, stay at home and watch the Bulldogs on the tv with a cold one in one hand and the remote in the other.

SophyB

December 23rd, 2010
1:47 am

I can’t believe he’s only been charged with a misdemeanor. Something tells me having “Dr” in front of his name has everything to do with that. If it had been just some truck driver from Georgia. the guy would probably still be in jail.

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 23rd, 2010
10:17 am

to all resident bigots here on get schooled:

Civil War
Crimean War
Russian Revolution and forced Famine
WWI
WWII and the Holocaust
Iraqi “Freedom”
and on and on

The crimes of “black men” pale in comparison with what white people have done. Happy Kwanzaa!

Reality Check

December 23rd, 2010
10:43 am

@Brad–you don’t hear it described as roving groups of white men robbing and shooting anybody because white men have laws in place to rob all of us and when they shoot you they just refer to it as a “hunting accident”.
My opinion on why people act like fools with no common courtesy–I have to blame it on America’s infatuation with reality shows. People watch these shows with people acting any kind of way and think that is normal behavior. So sad that Americans have become too lazy to have their own life and have to watch someone else’s.

Anna

December 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

Scott Filler is an officer in the Commissioned Corps and his actions are not in keeping with how an officer should conduct themselves – to say the very least.

He is also a weightlifter. I hope the girl is okay.

Brad

December 23rd, 2010
3:12 pm

Get over the victim mentality, PBM.

An American Patriot

December 23rd, 2010
5:23 pm

@Dr. Proud Black Man

December 23rd, 2010
10:17 am
to all resident bigots here on get schooled:

Civil War
Crimean War
Russian Revolution and forced Famine
WWI
WWII and the Holocaust
Iraqi “Freedom”
and on and on

The crimes of “black men” pale in comparison with what white people have done. Happy Kwanzaa!

Hey, DPBM, I’ll buy you a ONE-WAY ticket to Zimbabwe if you’ll promise never, ever to come back. If you think this country is so bad, you should take me up on my offer……ASAP :)

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 23rd, 2010
10:32 pm

@ brad

Get over yourself racist. You bigots can’t stand it when the tables are turned can you?

@ an American p.o.s.

I don’t correspond with liars.

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 23rd, 2010
10:32 pm

@ brad

Get over yourself racist. You bigots can’t stand it when the tables are turned can you?

@ an American p.o.s.

I don’t correspond with liars.

An American Patriot

December 24th, 2010
9:00 am

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 23rd, 2010
10:32 pm

Well, I’m not a P.O.S. or a liar, but you just corresponded with me…..so, what does that make you?

PBM, you’re blaming all your ills on the “white man” when your anger should be vented toward your own race who sold your ancestors into slavery. You have the proverbial “chip on your shoulder” and you really should see someone about your problem – seeking professional help doesn’t carry nearly the stigma it once did :)

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 24th, 2010
11:41 am

Your clairvoyant skill amaze me. Later p.o.s.

Duncan Vanderwall

December 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

Editor probably left this part out…
Post: The resort revoked Filler’s skiing privileges at all six Vail Resorts ski areas and banned him from all Vail Resorts lodging properties for an “indefinite” period.
and added an S to skier

Michael

December 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

The best way to deal with trolls on blogs is to ignore rather than engage.
In Ga he would have been charged with battery, felony cruelty to children, and 3rd degree cruelty to children (against his own child) for beating the one child in front of his own.

Dad was clearly teaching his boy to not commit crimes in Ga because here our charges are always enhanced. How about the baby slapper at the Walmart in Snellville — he never got out on bond and then got sentenced to further jail time after trial.