By Matt Olsen
March 04, 2006
What message are we sending to our student athletes? Those who choose to participate in extra-curricular activities have the rules and penalties for violating the rules defined at the beginning of each season. By arbitrarily, and against Kayhi policies as described in the KDN article, canceling the upcoming games we are telling our students that:
Those teenage team members who violated the training rules had a moment of stupidity. What moment did the adult members of the school district (School Board, Administration, and School Staff) have when they violated their own rules? This verdict has resulted in all levels of the school district, top to bottom, having lost credibility and the future ability to render judgment on any level of discipline. Punishing the entire program hurts those who played by the rules and the community while allowing the guilty parties to bring all team members under the dark cloud that hovers over the program.
Twenty three years ago eleven members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Varsity team were caught with alcohol at a party and were suspended from the team for the rest of the season, including the region five tournament. The one remaining Varsity member guided the call-ups from the Junior Varsity team to finish fifth at the Tournament. Not only were they constantly cheered on by their home fans, but they received cheers from many others who recognized the heart and effort they put forth in representing their school. The same type of heart and effort we would no doubt have witnessed last weekend if the upstanding members of the basketball program had been given the opportunity to represent themselves, their school and the community.
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