Wrestler Darling Charged for Altering Prescription
Tim Darling, a sophomore wrestler for Penn State, was charged last week with altering the quantity of pills written on his prescription for Adderall. Darling’s family says he will be suspending his enrollment to deal with the situation.
His parents said their son isn’t disputing the allegations. They said he hopes to get the treatment he needs and one day return to school and continue wrestling at the collegiate level.
“He’s a good kid,” his father, Bob Darling, said. “He went to Penn State because he wanted to bring honor to Penn State. He wanted to bring pride to Penn State.”
Bob Darling said his son is honest and the charges are the result of a spring semester that spiraled out of control because the “deck was stacked against him.”
His mother added that he had been “backed into the corner by these circumstances,” according to the same Express-Times article.
His mother, Kathi Darling, said judicial affairs, which handles student code of conduct issues at the university, has been understanding of the situation and believes her son “was backed into the corner by these circumstances” in his spring semester.
The circumstances she spoke of are academic in nature– he had been academically ineligible for periods of his freshman year.
His mistake might seem egregious to some, but it’s common knowledge to students that this practice is wide-spread (and perhaps not bad). Adderall and caffeine goes a long way when it comes to term papers.
Our support goes out to him– he seems like an upstanding kid. (If you want proof, check out the role models this young wrestler listed on his profile.)
He was three-time state wrestling champion for Nazareth Area High School and an Express-Times Wrestler of the Year. He’s met Cael Sanderson, Penn State’s new wrestling coach, in the past, so hopefully this recent misfire won’t affect their relationship to a huge degree.
He is scheduled to attend a pretrial conference on September 22, “after giving up his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of forgery, attempted acquisition of a controlled substance and attempted possession of a controlled substance,” says the Express-Times.