So back in September 5 members of the Garfield football team allegedly engaged in not one but two muggings (and I say mugging and not robbery because they allegedly assaulted both victims). Some of the boys were starters on the team. They were caught because a couple of people saw the second robbery and reported their license plate number. When apprehended (on the football field), most confessed (this is according to an article in the PI).
Now I had heard about it when it happened and assumed that the school had dealt with them in some manner (off the team?suspended from school?). Watching the news last night, there's Ted Howard, the principal, saying they were benched for 2 games and "need our support".
Football players get benched for mouthing off at the coach or missing practice, not assaulting and robbing people. And what about the kids at school? Would you feel your student is safe at school with these guys around? I wouldn't.
Yes, they are innocent until proven guilty but they did confess to the police (that could change once they are charged and put in a plea. The justice system will take care of whatever punishment they may get if convicted. And no, don't give up on them. But, please, don't allow them to believe they can act in an aggressive manner off the field and out of school with no real consequences at school.
Again, what is the district's policy on safety and security issues? Violent crime needs oversight by the district and not just at the school level.