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SPF Residents React to Union Catholic Assault

You've read the story, now hear what your neighbors have to say about the UCHS baseball player who was assaulted by a Dutch Lane resident.

Patch brought you by a Scotch Plains resident when he went to retrive a foul ball that had landed at the tree line bordering the assaulter's Dutch Lane property.

Scotch Plains Police Captain Brian Donnelly stated that Michael Bennett was charged with simple assault for this crime after he grabbed the victim by the neck and wrist, leaving scratch marks on the victim while shouting "get off my property."

Nearly 60 readers have commented on Patch's story, debating this issue. In this video, you will have the opportunity to hear what residents, councilman, and local employees around town have to say about the Union Catholic assault and what the school's neigbors have been dealing with for several years.

What do you think? Continue the discussion and add your comment here. 

bubba May 23, 2012 at 01:24 AM
stop trying to justify being hateful and angry, a setback means no building, thats it, not no yard, or baseball field, which was there already. It doesn't mean no fence or shed. it means no "building". Please stop trying to justify an alleged adult being a pile of garbage, I don't try to justify when the guy a block away gets a DUI, and I hate those people who do. Stanwick please tell why you are so desperate to somehow make this CRIME, somehow magically alright because(sniff, sniff) Union Catholic used their property in a legal way. Look I've been pissed at kids, a couple of years ago, I had some girls drunk boyfriend 2 blocks away try to pick a fight with me because I was walking two "fruity" dogs. He even had his varsity jacket on, nice big SPFHS on it, I walked away, and told her parents the next morning that the kids were drinking at their house. I wasn't friends with them before, and after they yelled at me for five minutes I certainly wasn't going to be then. Now I am a big boy, and it hurt my hillybilly self to walk away, but that is what being an adult is all about. I'm not perfect, I'm sure my kids have a list of all my faults, but attacking a kid over a yard or a stream of insults sure ain't one of them, being an adult means taking responsibility, If I'm brawling, it better be worth it.
twogirls84 May 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM
You know...I have been reading these comments since they first appeared. It is rather obvious who has connections to UCC and who does not. Besides living in Scotch Plains I have connections to neither. I do not know Mr. Bennett nor did my children or anyone in my family attend UCC. I agree Mr. Bennett was 100% wrong. What amazes me is that all those supporting UCC never address the issue, nor the question, was UCC being a 'good neighbor' by breaching the terms of their permit??? That is a really big issue as I read this. That issue probably annoyed these neighbors to no end and fueled this argument like no other. As a Scotch Plains resident I am more than curious as to what the ramifications were for UCC going beyond what was approved on the permit. Was UCC fined? They are both in the wrong and shame on the town for letting the situation get to this point.
T Staley May 23, 2012 at 04:13 PM
This isn't just about a couple of foul balls here...UC also has a music and a mega phone playing and announcing each player before their at bat! The music is loud and definitley takes away from the residents right to have peace and quiet even if it's only for a short period of time throughout the year "EVERY YEAR"...I do not live there, nor do I validate Mr. Bennet's aggression towards the ball player, but when this goes on day and night (they have installed lights for night games) I'm pretty sure anyone would have these kinds of emotions. Try putting yourself in the residents shoes and you live there for a weekend during games....
Jimmy May 23, 2012 at 08:10 PM
@T Staley I know nothing about music being played but I have followed this case. I was pretty sure they only had light foundations put in place for possible future permits to build lights but after reading your comment I wanted to check on this. I just drove by on my way home there are no lights in place so you may be thinking about another field possibly for the town but it definitely is not UC's.
grace86 May 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Here is what should concern everyone, there is a man that abuts a school that doesn't know how to control himself around a child because of a foul ball that may or may not have come on his property. Bennett should apologize to this boy and his family and for that matter to UC and Plainfield School for his rediculous behavior. I don't care about what's between UC and the neighbors and any perceived violations of a permit. If you really want to go down this road, take a look at your own property and ask yourself if you have obtained a permit on every single improvement you've made to your house/property? Take a look at your own backyard before pointing fingers at others. You would be shocked how many are in violation and some don't even know it until they try to sell and the buyers can't obtain a mortgage because of work that was done without permits. As for connections to UC - I do not hae vested interest in the outcome of what happens and again it doesn't impact me either way. I do care about the thoughtless mother I saw this morning with her son and dog in the car driving while texting past UC weaving in and out almost hitting a young kid that was walking and I certainly care about a man that grabs a kid that's completely unjustified.

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