Parents in suburban Glen Ellyn are upset after a teen drinking party, that was busted up by police, led to punishments at Glenbard West High School. Parents met with school officials tonight at the District 87 headquarters and asked for the athletic code to be reviewed and possibly changed.
The athletic code at Glenbard West has been in existence for nearly 20 years and says that no student-athlete can attend, host, plan, or participate in parties where there is any illegal substance, including alcohol. The code is in effect 24 hours a day whether school is in session or not.
So when police broke up a party in June where there was alcohol and no parents, 30 students were disciplined. Suspensions range from 20 percent of games to a full season, if it’s the second offense. The students are in a variety of sports including football, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, dance and soccer.
One person at the party was ticketed and officers gave a list of attendees to Glenbard West’s resource officer. The police department and the school have an agreement to do that.
Many parents are upset about the disciplinary action. As one parent said, it’s unfair, overly harsh, inconsistent, and out of touch with reality.
The students and parents are told about the code numerous times during the school year and even sign off saying they understand and agree with it.
After tonight’s meeting, school officials say the suspensions stand.