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Two Woodside High basketball coaches dismissed following alleged hazing incident

Original post made on Jan 20, 2014

As the 2014 high school basketball season gets underway, the varsity and junior varsity teams at Woodside High School will be training under new head coaches.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 20, 2014, 2:40 PM

Comments

Posted by liberty, a resident of University South
on Jan 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Is this a joke?
Forced them to watch TV?! Oh the horror!!


Posted by Alphonso, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jan 21, 2014 at 8:52 am

Alphonso is a registered user.

So what is the whole story? Members of the team (and probably the two that were punished) must of done something very anti-social to cause "the members of the varsity team, and parents of team members, have participated in three hours of a six-hour program on empathy and sensitivity in understanding others, Lianides said. Another three-hour session is ahead." Perhaps the two players should also be kicked off of the team for whatever they did.


Posted by wow, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

Why is junior varsity coach not named in the story?


Posted by Wassup, a resident of Woodside
on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

Ever notice how many Woodside parents do not let their kids go to this school, putting them in private schools after middle school? This is just one of many reasons.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

One would assume the investigation showed that the coaches knew what was happening. Gagging someone? Forcing them to watch something would entail what?... ie how do you force someone to watch television without threats or locked doors? Isn't that almost a definition of assault and battery, and forced confinement or kidnapping? Hazing has to stop. It teaches humiliation and bullying. Those associated are lucky they didn't face criminal charges. My question would be whether players were suspended from the team and/or from school. And yes, all our kids played high school sports.


Posted by Joinpa, a resident of Community Center
on Jan 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

There is an organization called Safe4Athletes.org that addresses abuse in sports, whether it is hazing, emotional or sexual abuse. Check out the site. Safe4Athletes is a not-for-profit organization that:

Advocates for and helps sports organizations adopt effective policies, procedures and educational programs that are designed to prevent coach, volunteer and peer misconduct whether it be abuse (sexual, verbal, emotional or physical) bullying, harassment or other forms of inappropriate behaviors.

It is also important to recognize that abuse can be inflicted by coaches, adult volunteers, staff members or teammates of the athlete. It is the obligation of parents, coaches and other adult sport leaders to immediately act to stop improper behaviors whenever they are observed. All adults are responsible for preventing the infliction of harm to our children. No matter how much a parent respects the position of a coach, abusive and improper behavior cannot be condoned.