It seems that we had a situation or two to arise in the school district recently, and I would like your feedback and thoughts on the situations.
Recently, a high school, varsity team was out of town for a tournament. They were away for multiple days. The students remained under the supervision of their coach (school). Typically, a parent will have to sign out their child if they are going to leave the coach’s (school’s) supervision. In this situation, students were not signed out by their parents. The team was given verbal permission by their coach to spend a half day and night with their parents. At some point, one of the players went out with some college kids, got drunk and passed out to the point that he/she could not be revived. The student was rushed to the hospital where it was determined he/she had alcohol poisoning. Needless to say, this created a lot of chaos and finger pointing. In this situation, who is to blame or to be held liable for what occurred?
Is it the parents, the coach (school), the student, all of the above or other? Does it matter that the player was not signed out by the parents? Is the responsibility that of the parents if the student was at some point in their care whether signed out or not? What do you think? How does your student’s high school handle a situation like this? What should happen to all involved?
At this same tournament, a player was hazed by some other players, (although I am sure the district would refer to this situation as ‘horse play’ based on similar past situations). The players were ‘messing with’ the private part(s) of another player while one of them videotaped. The coach walked in on them. Instead of benching the players, the coach made them run. Nothing happened to the coach or players other than what I have described here. Was this situation handled correctly, fairly or justly based on school policy or in your opinion? Have you ever had an experience like this? If so, how was it handled? How should a situation like this be handled? Should the coach be punished? Should the students have been benched? What do you think?
Keep in mind, both situations occurred on the same trip with the same team (in case that changes your opinion one way or another).