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And the team said, long-haired freaky people need not apply

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A family of a 14-year-old is suing the Greensburg (Ind.) schools over its policy requiring short hair for boys playing sports. From The Indianapolis Star:

In a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, Patrick and Melissa Hayden say team rules governing the length of players’ hair violate their son’s right to wear his hair the way he wants and also treat male and female athletes differently because female players don’t have to adhere to the same guidelines.

Their 14-year-old son, identified as A.H. in the lawsuit, was kicked off the team this fall after he refused to cut his hair to comply with team rules, which require players’ hair to be above their eyebrows, collars and ears.

The Haydens said in the lawsuit that they met with the basketball coach and school officials, but no one would change the policy. So they sued. …

But the school district claims the policy didn’t violate the boy’s rights, partly because participating in extracurricular activities is a privilege, not a right.

Courts have split hairs (har!) in the past over these cases, sometimes saying that, yes, if a school wants to require every boy to have a crewcut to play sports, that’s OK, as long as the activity is not part of the instructional day.

You might be asking — hey, isn’t Greensburg already notorious for a case of intolerance? Why, yes, it is — the suicide of gay Greensburg High student Billy Lucas was the impetus for the It Gets Better Project to fight gay teen bullying and suicides.

As for the haircut case, if the middle-school coach is lucky, someday this 14-year-old and some of his friends will adopt a bastardized version of his name as the moniker of their very popular rock band.

Greensburg Junior High basketball coach, gaze upon your future self.

Written by rkcookjr

January 4, 2011 at 12:59 am

How not to cut a player on your basketball team

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Cutting a player because he’s not good enough to make the team — standard operating procedure. Cutting a player’s hair because he didn’t score enough points — not standard operating procedure.

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From the Omaha World-Herald:

The mother of a Yutan High School basketball player who was punished for not scoring enough points said she believes her son’s coach should be replaced.

Kristi Peitzmeier said [Feb. 8] that a two-game suspension was too light a consequence for the actions of varsity coach John Arensberg.

Peitzmeier told the Yutan school board that her freshman son was embarrassed when Arensberg gave him a haircut in front of his teammates after a December game against West Point-Beemer.

“I think he should be removed from coaching,” Kristi Peitzmeier said. “He had no right, no permission, to do anything of that kind.”

John Arensberg is learning that just because Kristi Peitzmeier is a Yutan High booster doesn’t mean she supports everything that happens in Yutan High athletics.

Peitzmeier said she was told by her son, who is still on the team, that Arensberg expected an easy win over West Point-Beemer in a Dec. 29 game. The coach went so far as to tell certain players how many points they must score.

Yutan won the game 49-48.

“This isn’t about us being disgruntled over playing time or anything like that,” Peitzmeier said. “This is about a player being humiliated in front of his teammates.”

She said the coach cut a second player’s hair a week later.

Arensberg had no comment to the World-Herald about his Samson-and-Delilah-ish motivational techniques. However, if the basketball coaching thing doesn’t work out, with his ability to combine cutting boys’ hair indiscriminately in an athletic backdrop, he could always get a job at Sport Clips.

Written by rkcookjr

February 13, 2010 at 12:33 am