An interesting turn of events from Cheshire HS where a captain of the girls’ soccer team violated the school’s Code of Conduct. The school’s Code explicitly said that if a kid is caught in violation of the underage drinking laws (and according to the arresting police officer, she was), then she had to face being suspended immediately for several weeks. And because the incident happened late in the soccer season, the girl ended up missing the rest of her games.
Parents were, of course, understandably upset by this ruling, and many banded together, saying that the Code of Conduct was too tough in its punishment. Even the coach of the team got caught up in the fervor, and in an email, he said that he was opposed to the Code’s directive as well.
That’s when things got interesting. Even though by all accounts, the coach was a terrific guy and very supportive of the girls, the principal of Cheshire HS and the school board decided to ask for his letter of resignation. While they wouldn’t openly comment on this since it was a personnel matter, it was clear that the school administration didn’t care for the coach taking exception to its Code of Conduct.
Which brings up the next question: do teachers and coaches have a right to voice dissenting opinions on school board policies? Appaently in Cheshire, they do not. Law professor Doug Abrams pointed out on my show that teachers, even those protected by unions and the such, probably would be smart not to publicly air their opinions on what the employers felt strongly about. There’s lot of legal case history which we didn’t have enough time to get into on the show, but clearly this is a real hot button issue.
In the meantime, it will be interesting to see where the girls’ soccer coach from Cheshire ends up – perhaps at another HS.