Cancelled football team appears before Lethbridge School Board

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.

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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