Target: Jerome M. Davis, Superintendent of Clearview Local Schools
Goal: Revoke football privileges from teen who as involved in the beating and robbery of another boy
A high school athlete facing felony assault charges has been allowed to continue playing football on the school team. The 17-year-old athlete and three others were arrested after savagely beating 16-year-old Nick Vincenzo, who was leaving a local corn festival. The group robbed him of his wallet and clothing before leaving him in the street with only his shoes and underwear. Vincenzo sustained serious injury during the attack, including broken bones in his face and severe bruising.
According to the school’s Code of Conduct, any student may be suspended from extracurricular activities for “unacceptable conduct in or out of school.” Though the attacker, who has not been named as he is a minor, was identified by the victim and charged by police, the school has opted to allow him to continue playing football. In a statement, the school district superintendent said that he believed appropriate actions were taken without so much as a suspension for the athlete.
Some common reasons that players get dropped from extracurricular teams include allowing their grades to fall, disrespecting school rules, or bad sportsmanship. Apparently, violently attacking another student after hours does not merit a dismissal from athletic teams.
Athletes represent the teams they play for not only on the playing field, but in the school and the community as a whole. It is ridiculous that any school would refuse to revoke that privilege after such a malicious attack by a teenager, who could be more likely to re-offend without consequences. Sign the petition below to demand that the violent teenager properly punished with removal from extracurricular activities.
Dear Jerome M. Davis,
A teenager is being allowed to continue playing on a high school football team after participating in a group beating and robbery against another boy. The victim, a 16-year-old boy, suffered severe injuries such as broken facial bones and severe bruising.
Despite the school district’s Code of Conduct policy against athletes engaging in unacceptable conduct outside of school, the student was not even suspended from extracurricular teams.
Athletes are not only representatives of the teams they play for, but their schools and communities as well. As such, they should be held to the highest standard of conduct within their communities. The attacking student is clearly capable of harming others, and could be more likely to re-offend without proper consequences. We, the undersigned, demand that the student in question is removed from his position on the football team.
[Your Name Here]
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