Chaminade Football Team Got Off Lucky
One thing I have learned, and not just because I had one back in grade school, but it's true - all black eyes do heal.
Even the one at Toronto's Chaminade College, caused because two students (both football players) went beyond childish activities and put excrement - not sure if it was human, animal or alien - in a microwave as a prank.
A very good school, impressive football program and great work by volunteer coaches and players to build a team. All that, set back because of immaturity.
Let's see, the school Principal, the head football,coach, the Director of Education and likely others have had a say in dealing with the matter. The school Trustee, Sal Piccinnini, still hasn't returned my call. Hopefully, also parents and players have learned a few things.
Kind of interesting that some people, including Chaminade parents, are upset at me and the Star for writing about this episode, which occurred while the team was in Michigan for an exhibition game. Hmm, guess we're at fault for reporting the truth?
Few things worth mentioning. According to Toronto police, putting crap in a microwave at a hotel is defined as a mischievous thing and a Criminal offence - in Canada. People can be charged in this country for damage to property too. Too many, it also says something about what goes on in the mind of some young people.
And the football team, whose administration chose to forfeit a league game as a penalty for what happened, doesn't really lose much - other than some embarrassment. The team is still in contention for a playoff spot. The players are still on the team, unless they were removed and the school has chosen to keep that to themselves.
Furthermore, since Chaminade plays in the Toronto District Secondary Schools Athletic Association, it also plays by rules and regulations governed by that organization - and that's where they're lucky. Football convenor Brian Gaw tells me there are no further disciplinary sanctions. If it was in the Toronto District Colleges Athletic Association, where Chaminade plays - other than football - then consequences would have been more severe. League rep Brian Riddell said any team that forfeits a TDCAA game results in an automatic dismissal from playoffs.
How's that for a penalty?