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Ohio football player kicked off team, suspended over poem



Published: Thu, October 24, 2013 @ 12:06 a.m.

Associated Press

RITTMAN

A high school football player in northeastern Ohio says he was kicked off the team and suspended from school after he wrote a poem for English class critical of his team.

WJW-TV reports that 16-year-old Nick Andre was punished after reading the poem in class. The assignment was to write about something that made him angry, and he took out his frustration on the 1-7 Rittman High School gridiron team.

The principal of the school southwest of Akron said the teen “wrote a mean and disrespectful poem about another student and our athletic director/head coach.” The principal called it “harassment.”

Andre thinks he had a right to express himself. But he was suspended from school for four days and removed from the team for its final two games.


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1canfcard(59 comments)posted 9 months ago

What was the poem? Tough to judge if the school was right or wrong without seeing it.
I'm guessing they overreacted.

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2eagleye(57 comments)posted 9 months ago

The teacher asked for a poem on something that made the students angry. Unless there were specifications, then she got what she assigned. Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.....or become stupid school administrators.

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3formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 9 months ago

Honesty in the classroom. We'll have none of that in our public school systems! It makes us look bad.

NEA union members and their administrative counterparts

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