Can the public school where my son is in the tenth grade no longer allow him to participate in athletics because he got a MIP ticket?

He was in the private home of the man who bought and supplied the beer to a group of teenagers. The man was arrested and hopefully will be punished for his crimes. My son has never been in any kind of trouble before. He made a very bad choice and we fully agree with him taking his punishment, although it doesn’t seem the school should have the rights to punish him for something he has already been punished for legally and that is not school related.

Asked on August 27, 2011 Texas

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

All schools (public and private) have written rules concerning expected behavior of its students on and off campus. If your son has been precluded from participating in athletics because of a situation where he used poor judgment off campus where alcohol was involved, you need to carefully read the rules in force as to its applicability to your son who is a minor.

Your son is a representative of his school on and off campus. Being able to participate in athletics in high school is a privilege not a right by a student. I presume the coach for whatever sport your son plays has certain rules that he or she requires including a curfew. If your son is allowed to play sports in violation of established school rules precluding his participtation in such events for what he was involved in sends a poor message to the students in general attending his school.

Answer: The school where your son attends can prevent him from patricipating in sports as a direct consequence of the situation he got himself into.


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