East Haven (WTNH) - News Channel 8 has learned that all four East Haven footballplayers have been reinstated to their team but will not be able toplay in this week's game after the administration made a policychange.
The reinstatement comes after the four players, in addition totwo cheerleaders, were taken off their respected squads after aparty on Sep. 11 where police ticketed more than 20 students forpossession of alcohol by a minor.
Teri Kasperzyk's son Stephen was one of the four footballplayers removed. She says her son never was drinking alcohol, butwas simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.
"He's never had so much as a detention, and he's a senior inhigh school, so this knocked us for a loop," said Kasperzyk.
East Haven Superintendent Anthony Seiro said school policy isclear: athletes found in possession of alcohol are dismissed fromteam sports.
"I don't think it's too harsh, it's a rule that we've had forseveral, several years, far beyond my superintendency [evenprincipal's] stay here at East Haven High School. Many athleteshave lived by this rule for many, many years," said Seiro.
But at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, parents,and the team's coach, asked for the rule to be revisited,especially since players haven't been convicted of anything.
And revisit they did. The administration completed a policychange after the meeting, allowing for the four players to get backto the game.I am extremely pleased with the fact that we haverevised the penalties related to our zero tolerance athleticeligibility policy.
"These penalties are now more in alignment with those enforcedby other SCC schools and are tiered to allow students withopportunities to get drug/alcohol counseling. The revised penalties- 20% of the games for the first offense, removal from the sportfor the second offense and inability to participate in any sportfor the remainder of the year due to a third offense are fair,firm, educational and support the belief that while there areconsequences for inappropriate behavior we are here to supportkids," said East Haven Principal, Vanessa Reale.
News Channel 8 has not been able to confirm if the twocheerleaders who were also ticketed have been reinstated to theirsquad.
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