11 high school student athletes are in the hot seat after evidence of their drinking & smoking shenanigans showed up on, what else? FaceBook. School officials are laying the smack down on the naughty jocks & some are calling it a witch hunt against student-athletes & that the punishments are unjust. Unfortunately, the same thing happened back in September but no disciplinary action was taken – spare the rod, spoil the child! So this time around, Melrose High School is bringing down the hammer to prevent a 3rd embarrassing news story; they have even brought the police in to make sure that everyone knows that they mean business.
Remember, kids: “I don’t think they realize the internet lasts forever. Once it’s on there, its on there for good,” says wise man Jonathan Gais, whose relation to the story is not clear based upon the video but was worthy enough to be interviewed.
Fox 25 News has the details:
The following actions have or will be taken:
• Each student and parent or guardian will meet with a member of the high school administration, the Athletic Director and the School Resource Officer.
• Identified student athletes will be suspended from participation in athletics per Melrose policy. Students will lose up to sixty percent of their season and face other additional penalties.
• Team captains will face additional penalties including loss of their leadership positions.
• All photos have been turned over to the Melrose Police Department to identify houses where these parties took place. These houses will be identified and the Social Host Law will be strictly enforced.
Students suspended over drinking photos: MyFoxBOSTON.com
It probably comes as no surprise to most of you that it’s probably NOT a good idea to give teenagers booze. Especially when you’re their coach and you’re at a hotel for an away baseball tournament in Arizona. Then again, it apparently DID seem like a good idea to at least one of the coaches at Burroughs High School (CA) and now the entire team (including three other coaches) are paying the price.
According to the district, Indians Coach J.R. Schwer and three assistants who were present at the mid-March tournament have been fired; 11 players who took part in the drinking suspended for five days, seven other players who didn’t drink but were there and didn’t report it were suspended for two days, and the remainder of the team’s season was canceled.
But other than that, no big deal.
“I do my best to hire the best coaches that I can, and we do everything to take care of the kids. For a coach to do what he did…” Schwer said, his voice trailing off. “I don’t think the kids have to suffer by Burbank having their season taken away from them. … I just feel terrible for the kids.”
Source – LA Times
Since the legal drinking age in most states was bumped to 21, it’s not uncommon for teens to ask the adults they know (other than their parents, mind you) to buy booze for them, especially on special occasions like a dance or prom. So, who could blame the players at Pomperaug High School for asking their coach for some assistance? The fact that she agreed is what makes this a story (actually the fact that she got caught), but what’s really interesting is that–according to police–the story doesn’t end with that one incident. Authorities day that Jennifer Jackson also let some teens drink out of a coffee cup that the kids said contained something known as “bubble gum vodka” while she was supposed to be a chaperon at a dance. If that’s true, we’re not sure Coach Jackson really understands the role of chaperon is at these types of events.
Pomperaug High School basketball coach Jennifer Jackson, charged earlier this month by town police for allegedly procuring alcohol for two team members, now faces additional charges because she allegedly supplied drinks to several students at a school dance in Watertown. The 32-year-old mathematics teacher was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and delivery of alcohol to a minor as a result of an investigation by Watertown police that stemmed from the original arrest. Southbury police said Jackson, who also coaches girls volleyball at the high school, supplied two bottles of vodka to two team members who were planning to attend a semi-formal dance for seniors held Feb. 6 in Watertown. The players told police that the liquor changed hands on a cul-de-sac in Watertown. Jackson also attended the dance and allowed several students to drink out of a coffee cup that the students said contained “bubble gum vodka,” according to Watertown police.
Source – NewTimes