When you’re a part of a sports team or club, you are committed to something more than just an after school activity to add to your college resume. Being on a team means being committed to a lifestyle and to a second family. Part of being in a family means sometimes you have to make decisions based on your family. And one of the big decisions you have to make is to not give in to drug use and risk expulsion from your team.
This year, the law requiring a warrant in order for authority to go through a child’s phone was changed. That means school administrators and the police can now go through any student’s phone if they simply have a suspicion that the teen is involved in any drug or alcohol related activity.
Locally, in the past couple of months, authorities have taken full advantage of this change regarding the new laws. Multiple students in Buncombe County Schools have been affected.
However, the part of the situation that is intriguing, and frankly wrong, is the consequences given to the students and athletes who are caught participating in drug and alcohol-related activities. Many athletes in the state are suspended from teams for only a small period of time.
Being an athlete is a privilege, not a right. Athletes should be setting an example for the school, but instead, many are spending their time doing drugs.
Little kids look up to high school athletes and dream of being like them one day. And by no means is it okay to be an example for them by participating in illegal activities.
If a student athlete is caught in drug-related activities, his/her punishment should be simply that they can no longer be on that sport team, or in a school club for that matter.
Athletes spend hours of their time, and in many cases everyday, dedicated to their sport. That is essential in teaching them important life lessons like teamwork, drive and perseverance. But even more importantly, it gives teens a place to go and something to turn to when other things in their lives get hard. Athletes choose their sport as an escape and replacement of other methods of distraction. Athletes should not only be committed to their team, they should be committed to choosing the sport over other things, especially drugs.
If an athlete chooses drugs over his/her team, there should be no second chance. The athlete should not have to only sit out for part of a season but should be off the team. It should not be a subjective issue when an athlete makes the decision to choose drugs over their sport and their teammates, they are making the choice to end their participation in that sport.