Football Coach Suspends Entire Team For Bullying
High school football coach Matt Labrum has a zero tolerance policy for bullying from his Union High team in Utah, and he didn't back down putting it to use when it came to his attention that a few of his players were bullying kids online.
One incident in particular moved the coaches to action. A few days before, guidance counselors informed the coaches about a student who believed he was being harassed and bullied by football players on an anonymous online chat program called ask.fm — something Labrum and his staff had never heard of before last week. Because the social media website allows users to hurl insults from behind a screen name, there was no way for coaches or counselors to know who was harassing the young man, who is not a member of the football team.
“We said, ‘We’ve got to make a change,’” said Labrum, who met with the student who was bullied on Monday to offer an apology. “We were pretty open with (the players) about what we’d heard. We don’t want that represented in our program. … Whoever it is (doing the bullying), we want to help get them back on the right path.”
After a stern locker room lecture, the team was asked to turn in their uniforms. They were disbanded and would have to earn their spots back through acts of charity and kindness. Not a single parent complained about the situation and some of the students have spent time performing community service and attending study halls to rejoin the team.
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