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Editor’s note: Chapman is a Burbank Library Board Trustee.
Baseball team was unjustly punished
We expect that teens have a propensity for wanting to congregate after hours and participate in some harmless mischief. (This is why we send chaperones on school trips to conduct room checks and monitor the halls after curfew).
We expect that a teen might feel coerced (“Alcohol incident ends baseball team's season,” April 19) to drink alcohol if a coach hands him a beer. (This is why we have laws against coercion and laws that say there can be no meaningful consent between an adult authority and a minor).
We expect that teens might feel ostracized or threatened by peers if they tattle-tale information that adult supervisors already know. (This is why we have policies giving the person in authority the burden to report).
For the adults:
We don't expect an assistant coach to purchase alcohol and provide it to the players. (This is why we have laws about contributing to the delinquency of minors).
We don't expect the school principal to incriminate all the players in the media before all the parents were informed and had a chance to respond. (This is why we have an appeals process on suspensions.)