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New policy restricts some athletes

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Beginning today, Greencastle students assigned to serve court-ordered probation will not be allowed to play sports.

On Wednesday, the school board approved the second and final reading of an amendment to the rules for extracurricular activities providing for the change.

GHS Athletic Director Scott Knapp told the board that the policy takes effect immediately. Any student who goes on probation today and hereafter will come under the new policy. Students on probation prior to today are essentially grandfathered, he said.

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Its about time. Thats they way it should have been all along.

-- Posted by flygal026 on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 10:56 AM

Is this only the 18yr old kids or will the "minors" keep there records sealed from the school?

-- Posted by Trying hard on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 12:17 PM

Only in Greencastle....

-- Posted by Harmony Church on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 4:01 PM

This should make some kids think before they do something stupid. Sports is what keep some kids walking the straight and narrow to begin with.

-- Posted by mad-mom on Fri, Aug 15, 2008, at 6:40 AM

Greencastle has to be the most backward thinking city in Indiana. I would think that this would be a confidentiality issue. Juvenile names cannot be printed in paper, records are sealed but the school can point out who these kids are because they will pulled from sports teams or not allowed to play. Kids make mistakes.Everyone does. We should be trying to find positve outlets for thier time instead of continually punishing them.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Fri, Aug 15, 2008, at 8:40 AM

Good thought "pointer": Since a juvenile file is confidential, how exactly will the school find out? There is a criminal statute that applies to any public office releasing such information. Which seems to mean if the Probation Dept. shares that with the school, we will need a special prosecutor to prosecute them. In addition, this simply means that any athlete charged will not settle his case without terms that do not include probation of will take it to hearing instead of resolving the matter pre-trial which will really help jam the courts further--which, by the way will cost the county further, since a juvenile is entitled to a free attorney and costs all the way to the Supereme Court. And if you do not think that is a possibility, see the "myspace" case from earllier this year which went all the way on your dime. (And the state lost.) The law of unintended consequences. How about teachers on probation for, oh, let us just say for breaking a kinds finger, or example?

-- Posted by reckman on Fri, Aug 15, 2008, at 8:46 AM

Why is this JUST for athletes? Should the President of the class, someone participating in the theater or playing in the pep band not be held to the same level? Isn't this discrimination against the athletes? There are a lot of non athletes who are on probation I'm sure, why should they be treated any differently? Aren't those who hold other positions role models as well?

-- Posted by quags on Fri, Aug 15, 2008, at 11:12 AM

Once again, why is this just for athletes? this should go for all the students! No need to discriminate, athletes are the only ones who get in trouble. Actually if you compared athletes vs non athletes who get in trouble, you'd most likely find the athletes in the minority!

-- Posted by quags on Tue, Aug 19, 2008, at 8:47 AM

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