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LHSAA: Please help our son end his Senior year with pride.

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This is important because my son has suffered a grave, emotional, traumatic event, that has left him in depression. My son was involved in a serious rollover car wreck that resulted in one of his close friends passing away. Nicholas is a stellar track runner and an exceptional football athlete. This tragic event happened two days before the district track meet. Needless to say, Nicholas could not perform in that meet, because he was in a knee immobilizer and he was on crutches, and also, his right arm was in a sling. He stayed home for a week of healing and grieving, from which he is still dealing with. Upon him going back to school, none of his coaches even asked about his well-being, instead they ignored him and came off as if they were upset with him for missing the track meet. That, is ridiculous!!  My son did not deserve to be treated this way, especially after all he was already dealing with. Also, one of his fellow students told him they wished it would have been he who died in the wreck instead of his friend. It gets worse, the coaches got together and decided to throw Nicholas off the track team as well as the football team. They claimed he missed practice, but he was doing makeup work to bring his two grades that had fallen to "failing" back to passing. Fortunately, he did bring those grades up, thinking and expecting to play this fall. We couldn't understand their logic; instead of helping a child to get through something so horrific, they went out of their way to make it worse. The school did not even offer Nicholas grief counseling; we have had to seek that on our own, so he is getting that now. This school failed my son, and it was our choice as a family not to send him back there. In the best interest of our son, we have transferred him to a school, which will offer more support from faculty as well as the other students. Nicholas deserves for his senior year not to be tainted with malice, bullying, and unjust treatment, but to be a year he can look back on with happiness and pride.  Previously, he has already met the 1 year requirement and guideline from the LHSAA to have a transferring athlete sit out.  If he can't participate this, his senior year, he will have been forced to have sat out 2 years, one more than they require.  May God bless you for your valuable time in this matter.



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