Yesterday we blogged about Andover High School hockey coach Chris Kuchar after he was fired despite 5 successful seasons as coach, back to back conference titles, and being awarded the MIAA’s sportsmanship award. None of that mattered because AD Bill Martin was following the marching orders of superintendent Shelley Berman, who is still upset that his son Dale was benched by Kuchar 3 years ago. Read all about it here so I don’t have to rehash it for you.
Today the students made their voices heard:
“Respect our coaches” Incredible show of support from Andover HS students l. About 200 did a walk out in the middle of school to protest on behalf of their former hockey coach who was not rehired #wbz pic.twitter.com/VT4HQqbGgB
— Paul Burton (@PaulWBZ) April 30, 2019
Students walk out of #Andover High to protest the firing of a hockey coach. I was mid-conversation with the senior captain when police told me to get off school grounds @EagleTrib @BurtTalksSports pic.twitter.com/V5O4uLL0wL
— Breanna Edelstein (@breedelstein) April 30, 2019
I’ve never been a big “walk out of school to protest guy,” because most of the time it’s just kids using a national tragedy to skip class. But this is something I applaud. This has a purpose, and is something that directly affects them. Administration at this school doesn’t care about what is best for the kids. It’s run by a man who has no ties to the community and thinks only of himself when making personnel decisions.
And it wasn’t just Kuchar who got the shaft either. Let’s not forget that in April the highly successful boys volleyball coach was suspended after one of his players refused to be subbed out of a game and then mocked and complained about his coaching style on Instagram.
This is a school district where those at the top empower out of control powers and disrespectful kids. It’s about time kids did something like this, and hopefully the adults in town are paying attention. If action isn’t taken they should do it again and again and again.
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