Friday, September 20, 2019
Dear Bellaire Students, Parents and Staff:
Due to events that occurred during varsity football practice on Thursday, September 19, 2019, a number of Bellaire Eagles football players were disciplined for inappropriate behaviors involving the bullying of one or more of their teammates. The coaches were not previously aware of the situation, and they worked with administration to immediately address it once they learned what was going on.
As this is an internal school matter – and as we are currently engaged in an ongoing investigation – the specific details of the incident, as well as administration’s response, will remain an internal matter and will not be made public. Likewise, for the privacy and safety of all involved, no names are being released.
This disciplinary action has the unfortunate consequence of necessitating the cancellation and subsequent forfeiture of the varsity football game previously scheduled for today, Friday, September 20, 2019, against the Gaylord St. Mary Snowbirds. Additional stepsmay be taken as well, depending on how the investigation unfolds.
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of living in, serving, and working together as a community. Regardless of the circumstances, behaviors of this nature are completely unacceptable to the staff, the students, and the greater Bellaire community. It is my hope that this incident serves as a learning experience for all involved, myself included, and that it leads to a clearer understanding of the importance of being a colleague,
a teammate and a member of our school community.
Bellaire is both strong and supportive, and the Bellaire Public Schools serve as a sturdy pillar supporting that community. While I am disappointed by the initial incident, the behaviors of some of our players, and the subsequent forfeiture of the game, I am encouraged by the responses of all the students, parents and staff involved. In the end, we must always strive to do what is best for our students, and this response, though at times difficult, will hopefully serve to deter future behaviors of this nature, as well as to foster an environment that is safe and secure for all students.
Thank you for your time and for your attention in this matter. If you have any questions or comments concerning this (or any other) issue, please do not hesitate to contact me at (231) 533-8141, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark J. Brenton
Bellaire Public Schools