Just a bad situation
I've tried very hard to not post on this thread for the simple reason of this appearing to be a no win situation.
Looking at the facts it is easy to take a stance behind the written rules, but harder to dwell in that position when you think about how it is affecting this student and his family. Our society/schools have rules in place for a reason and whether we agree with them or not, we still must abide by them.
If I as an adult am pulled over for speeding, can I really expect to try to use an arguement of "Well officer, you know I speed every day and there are no consequences when you don't stop me. Why should you have to give me a ticket now?" I don't think so. I know the rules and it is my choice to break them, nobody is forcing me to. There are times when you will catch a break and times you will not. What we will never know is if Lucas was extended any breaks and still got caught three times, and frankly it doesn't matter. To make a blanket statement as one poster did that it seems like a football coach might have it out for him is rediculous. That football coach, who I assume is a teacher as well, could potentially be in just as much trouble for not reporting what he saw by rules of his own contract.
Wrestling preaches and requires more discipline than any other sport I know, these decisions were not based on that concept. We will all fall short and make poor choices at one point or another in our lives, what truly defines us as individuals is how we come through them. A three strike policy is more than fair and hard to argue against when you really think about it. It is not the actual offense that is on trial here, it is the principle of following the rules/laws that are in place.
It amuses and disturbs me at the same time that we live in a society that looking the other way or making exceptions to rules is so common and expected in certain instances. I will say this in closing, I empathize with the Roth family as well as the wrestling community because we are missing out on watching one of the best in the state this year, but at the same time, I have to support the schools decision and not the families lawsuit.
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