Lewiston schools chief: ‘We need to hold our student-athletes to the highest standards’

March 30th, 2016 by admin Leave a reply »

Lewiston’s superintendent of schools said Wednesday “we need to hold our student-athletes to the highest standards” after an incident in which high school hockey players partied outside the home of a school district employee.

Superintendent Bill Webster said “several” Lewiston High players were disciplined for drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana during a celebration in the hours after the boys’ hockey team won the Class A state championship game March 5.

Webster said neither head coach Jamie Belleau nor junior varsity coach Ben McDonough is the school district employee in question, but declined to identify the individual.

“I view it as a personnel matter,” he said, “and anything that’s a personnel matter is considered confidential.”

There were no suspensions from school, but each player faces a 14-day suspension from the spring sport season, according to Webster and Shawn Chabot, the Lewiston High principal.

Webster said he is not aware of any non-hockey player involved in the incident but declined to say whether any of the disciplined players are seniors.

He acknowledged the policy regarding substance abuse lacks clarity in cases of students who may not be playing another sport or who have exhausted their eligibility.

“I do think we need to take a fresh look at our policies,” Webster said, “because I believe we need to hold our student-athletes to the highest standards and I want to make sure our policies do that.”

He said the school committee will take a closer look at the athletic participation form in hopes of strengthening it.

“I want to make sure that we’re

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