I’m just another person who has been forced to quit robotics at my school, and it deeply saddens me, because I love FRC and thought that it would be a fun place to do robotics in a competitive setting (I did FLL before this and it was a blast), but the mentor/coach of the team is a complete jerk. He is cruel and has constantly put me down even for following the rules.
Because of this tension between me and the coach, I have had to go to a psychologist, and not even she knows how to fix this other than quitting robotics.
The school has it such that for me to transfer to another program, I will need the consent of my coach. However, he will never give me consent because he thinks it will “give the team that I transfer to an unfair competitive advantage”. In other words, he trusts me so little that he thinks I will tell the other teams everything about our robot so they can beat us.
That, and yet he refuses to stop scolding me for doing the right things. He even scolded me for trying to donate some zip ties and let another team borrow our screwdriver! I told him that I could just buy more out of pocket for the team, but he won’t even let me donate to the program! At one point, I had to buy a new safety kit, because our old one was empty of literally everything except neosporin and three band-aids, and I was the Safety Captain.
I thought “no problem”, right? Wrong.
He was on me faster than an angry bee and just put me into tears, telling me that I was being a burden to the program and that it is not my right to buy or donate anything to the team. And yet, we take great pride in the fact that we were sponsored by companies who donated tools and supplies.
I’m just at my wit’s end.
I’m DONE being harassed by my coach.
I can’t join any other team, or transfer schools, or just try to get along with him.
It’s like I want to meet him in the middle, and he says “sure meet me halfway.” I then go to the middle and he doesn’t move. He says “meet me halfway again” and I go to the 3/4 line. He still doesn’t move. He does that same process one more time, and I’m at 7/8. Now, I’m done being harassed and pushed around by my jerk of a mentor.
I’m sorry to those who are on my team
I’m sorry to my friends who invited me to this program
I’m sorry to all of the people my coach has hurt.
I’m sorry that my school has such a lack of teachers that he cannot be fired.
I’m sorry to Dean Kamen, and Woodie Flowers especially. You are doing the world a wonderful thing and a great service to the world, and I am sad that I cannot be a part of it.
Thanks to those teams who do not have this problem. Thanks to those teams who include everyone, teaching them whatever they need to know.
For all I know, you could have saved someone like me.
Thank you, and best of luck on whatever comes next