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mtngurl said...

As a teacher and coach in the HCDE for nearly 20 years, I know how eligibility forms are done. Every coach and administator knows a "hardship" granted by Central Office has "nothing" to do with eligibility. No coach or administrator assumes a student is eligible. This starts with Guidance Counselors that are in charge of records from sending schools, enrollment forms to fill out which require verification of address, electric bills, etc to show where the student actually lives, even in "hardship" cases. Then the coach must fill out an eligibility form for the student or entire roster that the coach and administrator/athletic director sign. NEVER is an eligibility report sent without the coaches signature. This incident involves multiple school personnel that all knew they were "recruiting" an athlete and "falsifying" forms. This is an ethical eligibility issue. The fact the student was granted a "hardship" by Central Office is irrelevant to eligibility decisions which are approved or denied by the TSSAA. To suggest the player and other players are innocent is hilarious. Signal Mtn. is a "white" community. Since the school is full of intelligent students, doesn't it stand to reason that these intelligent Signal football players were able to use their deductive reasoning skills to surmise that this transfer student had a skin color much darker than theirs and therefore lived in another community. For some people to think nobody knew is pure ostrich behavior. Falsifying legal school documents is grounds for immediate dismissal from HCDE. The counselors, coaches, and administrators involved in the enrollment process of this student and falsifying the football eligibility report before the season started are all guilty and should be dismissed from the school system.

October 9, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.

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