Public Apology ---- Please Read!

Posted by David Kelly.

Student on team #234, Cyber Blue, from Perry Meridian High School and NASA Kennedy Space Center/ Rolls-Royce.

Posted on 11/29/2000 3:28 PM MST

To Everyone,

I would like to publicaly apologize to Team #1 for my accusations of cheating during the CDI. I accused Team #1 of using steel on their lift arm. These accusations turned out to be completely FALSE. I did not have correct sources before I made the accusations.

If anyone had the impression of Team #1 to be a bunch of cheaters, it is false. Team #1 is a team who plays by the rules. They did not cheat and have no intention of cheating.

Please take this post serously.

David Kelly
Student Captain Team 234

P.S. Learn from my mistake. Think before you speak.

Posted by Andy Baker.

Engineer on team #45, TechnoKats, from Kokomo High School and Delphi Automotive Systems.

Posted on 12/1/2000 11:57 AM MST

In Reply to: Public Apology ---- Please Read! posted by David Kelly on 11/29/2000 3:28 PM MST:


Lessons are tough to learn. I’m impressed that you owned up to this mistake and posted a thoughtful apology. Keep on posting… just remember that we’re all in this together. We can be competitors while still all being friendly.

For the rest of us… there are two things to learn here:

First of all, do not take David’s advice lightly. He said: ‘Learn from my mistake. Think before you speak.’ This is soooo true. I made a similar mistake over email a few years ago and lost some friends because of it. Always remember that emails (and group posts) can be forwarded, printed, copied and saved. So, you better have all of your facts straight and ‘taking back’ what you sent or posted is impossible… it lives forever.

Secondly, having resposibility for your actions is very important these days. David took resposibility for his action by posting his aplology. When a person makes a mistake, they should own up to their actions and not blame others. In most cases, how a person REACTS after making a mistake can do more harm or good than making the mistake to begin with.

(geez… I hope this doesn’t sound like I’m lecturing here… oh, well… I’m getting old)

Andy B.

Posted by Libby Ritchie.

Coach on team #393, The Bee Bots, from Morristown Jr/Sr High School and NASA/IPT, Inc…

Posted on 12/2/2000 9:49 PM MST

In Reply to: Public Apology ---- Please Read! posted by David Kelly on 11/29/2000 3:28 PM MST:


I read your original message and was a little surprised at your comments. However, I am very proud of you for being man enough to appologize. I am familiar with Cyber Blue and I’m sure that your team leader is proud of you for posting this public appology. Keep up the good work, young man!