On Monday the Lethbridge School Division made the decision to cancel the football program at Chinook High School based on the recommendations of consultant Kevin Cameron. This, following an alleged October 3rd incident in the locker room that involved four team members constraining a fifth team member and assaulting him. The four players now face criminal charges of assault with a weapon and sexual assault.
For three weeks games and practices were paused, and last week a glimmer of hope was resumed for the remaining fifty team members when the school division allowed them to resume their practice schedule. This would be short-lived. On October 23rd the team found out the rest of their season was cancelled.
The following evening, Tuesday, October 24th, several members of the Chinook Coyotes’ football team made an appearance at the Lethbridge School Division board meeting to make, not so much a plea, but a statement of how damaging the cancellation of their season will be on each team member.
According to team co-captain Aiden Fletcher, many players who had nothing to do with the incident could potentially have scholarships and post-secondary opportunities stripped from them.
BCN’s Jeannette Rocher reports.