Editorial: Brent Curtice should reveal punishment of upperclassmen

Advertisement

Last week, the community learned that five Moffat County High School coaches were asked to resign following an alleged hazing incident that took place at football camp from June 18 to 20 in Evanston, Wyoming.

Newspaper representatives:

Renee Campbell

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Amy Fontenot

Sheli Steele

Erin Fenner

Andy Bockelman

The coaches were asked to resign after the school district completed its investigation of the coaches and students.

What’s still unknown is the disciplinary action the school district will take against the upperclassmen who allegedly hazed freshmen.

It’s a question that the Craig Daily Press has been asking Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice on a daily basis, and the community deserves an answer.

Curtice has said that it’s a private matter, and in order to protect students’ rights, he cannot reveal such information. We respectfully disagree. We believe that in order for the Craig community to begin to heal, the school district needs to be transparent about the punishment that will be dealt to the upperclassmen who were involved.

Let us be clear, the school district does not have a legal obligation to release this information, but it certainly has a moral obligation. We respect the privacy of the individual students involved, but we don’t believe the details about the number of students involved and the punishment they will face compromises their privacy.

On the brink of a new school year, it’s important for parents, students and teachers to have a positive feeling about the district before the school year starts. This is especially important considering the district has new leaders including a new superintendent, a new high school principal, a new middle school principal and a new elementary school principal. When that first day of school comes Aug. 25, the community should have faith in its new administrators that they will protect its children.

The recent alleged hazing events have sent rumors flying from every corner of Craig, and it seems that the No. 1 question on everyone’s mind is, “What will happen to the aggressors?” The rumors are hurting people and confusing the community.

The school district can best restore the trust and confidence of the community by being open and honest about how it handles bullying.

So we ask you, Mr. Curtice, to please reveal what you have in store for those who allegedly bullied freshmen at the football camp in Wyoming.

Comments

Jason McMillan 4 months, 1 week ago

Mr Curtis is not withholding any information from the public.

For someone to withhold something they must first have the ability to release it.

The Family Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA) says that the School cannot release such details.

The Editorial Board has insisted that Curtis break the law. This shows a certain amount of ignorance on their part, or a lack of maturity.

The first two choices here are a sign of human weakness. There is a third one: an axe to grind.

Reasonable folks would know that a school can't issue press releases about students.

A reasonable person would wait for the police report to be completed, then the details of the incident will become public record. Even then the names of individual students would be redacted.

On a personal note, I don't like bullies much. If the late Mr. Fejet were here; he would not be able (FERPA) to tell you that I was not allowed to corner a bully in the SE stairwell of the school when his buddies were not around and point out the error of his ways.

When I was a FB player under Mr Yester, hazing was filling a guys cleats with water before practice. Anything else was going to earn you and everybody else laps or hills.

Coach Yester taught us integrity by doing the right thing even when it hurt. My senior year we played our last game without six of our best players. They broke school policy in a big way while on the bus ride back from a game.The coach got some nasty phone calls over it. From the kids parents and from folks who think football is more important than ethics. It did not matter who they were. They were not benched. They were off the team: lockers emptied, gear turned in.

I would say all of us benefited from it. the coaches, the offenders and the rest of the team not involved.

That is the purpose of school sports. A tool to create adults out of kids.

I do not know the details of this incident. I will trust that the school admin will deliver measured justice for those involved.

That is the reasonable thing to do.

0

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.