I recently wrote of the importance of keeping after-school sports programs alive in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. At the same time, a negative side of high school sports is brewing in the Acalanes Union High School District, with allegations being raised that student athletes are getting preferential treatment after they violate ethics code that regulate their behavior during school activities and outside of school.
The publisher of the blog, EastBayDaze reports that he has become aware of a number of alleged ethics violations among student athletes. These codes might involve student athletes being caught drinking or using other drugs in season, but not being appropriately disciplined.
The EastBayDaze has not been able to publicly detail any exact incident, because these students are minors and their identities are protected. But the blog has been following the case of a raucous party in Lafayette that led to the arrest of seven Miramonte High students. A car leaving the party, carrying a group of girls crashed, into a telephone pole. The passengers scattered, and the driver called her parents, who came and spirited her away. The parents of the teen hosting the party, and the parents of the girl in the accident have been arrested on a variety of charges.
With allegations of favoritism persisting, Miramonte High’s principal distributed a reminder to parents of the rules and regulations that apply to student athletes. Presumably, parents of student athletes should have these rules and regulations lying around their homes, but maybe there are some parents who don’t think these pesky rules apply to their little darlings.
Essentially, in both districts, athletes are prohibited from the use of tobacco, alcohol, or any illegal drugs or narcotics during their season of sport. Violations of these rules can prompt school authorities to suspend the athlete from participating in his or her sport for 45 school days.
These rules apply to misconduct that takes place both during school activities and outside of school.In the Acalanes district, moreover, a student caught selling drugs may also face expulsion.