Critical questions about football incident

I read with shock and disgust today’s article, “Football camp video shows adult boxing player unconscious” (April 7, 2013, by Klas Stolpe). Though we do not know the Weir family personally, our hearts ache for them.

The existence of the video, and the apparently significant eyewitness corroboration, pose several critical questions:

(A.) Why did this occur?

(B.) Was this a school-sanctioned &/or funded trip?

(C.) What type of ongoing oversight exists for so-called “Assistant Coaches”?

(D.) With the apparent incident having occurred last summer, why did it take until April for this alleged-event to have come to light?

(E.) Does culpability rest only with the alleged assailant, or are there other persons, perhaps higher in the district, who have long known of this incident? And, (f) does anyone even have a remote guess as to how much this will cost the district, in terms of both staff-time utterly wasted, and financial costs (both punitive and restorative)?

This type of trash is way beyond the pale, and must never occur. If this alleged incident proves true-as-reported, not only is it a gross violation of the alleged victim himself, and his family, but it also directly undermines the values that many of us in Juneau hold dear. This is especially true for those who strive continuously to improve youth sports, youth development, leadership, and our greater sense of community. This garbage must be immediately rooted out, and then very visible steps taken to insure that it is not even remotely plausible that this type of alleged incident can happen.

If true, the alleged assailant should immediately admit wrong-doing, and take all possible steps towards restitution. Also if true, criminal charges such as aggravated assault appear likely. Finally, if true, the alleged assailant should, tonight, ask his God for forgiveness, and while he’s at it, he should also thank his God that the vicitm was not one of my own family, as I would relentlessly seek equity.

Robert Sewell

Douglas

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