What’s in the drinking water up in Syracuse???? Can these people read?


1 Response to “What’s in the drinking water up in Syracuse???? Can these people read?”

  1. January 6, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    If you remember just before Christmas, I did a show on a group of kids in Syracuse who were protesting punishments received for alcohol abuse in their school’s code of conduct…even though they all signed this code themselves.

    Now, on the very same Syracuse blog, I just learned that the parents of a junior high basketball player say his former team’s haircut policy is unconstitutional. What’s more, there are folks up in Syracuse who are defending this kid and his parents…what the hell?

    Patrick and Melissa Hayden filed a lawsuit against their 14-year-old son’s school in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis last week.

    The Haydens say their son was kicked off the Greensburg Junior High school team for refusing to cut his hair. Coach Stacy Meyer requires the players to keep their hair above their ears, eyebrows, and collar to maintain a ‘clean-cut’ image.

    The school’s policy for athletes prohibits any hairstyles which “create problems of health and sanitation, obstruct vision, or call undue attention to the athlete.”

    “What they’re trying to do here is teach (their son) a life lesson, which simply is that you fight for what’s right,” the couple’s attorney Ron Frazier told the Indianapolis Star. “This is classic David versus Goliath, and they want their son to understand that.”

    In a similar case in 2003 in Missouri, a federal judge decided that hair policies do not violate the rights of student-athletes because playing sports is a privilege, not a right. The school district in this case is pointing to that ruling to defend its position.

    What do you think?


    Coach Tony

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