A High School Football Coach Got Canned For Failing To Report that Someone Spiked The Team's Water Supply With Penis Pills
LATimes- Allegations that two students at Bernstein High in Hollywood spiked the water at a junior varsity football practice with a male enhancement drug prompted an investigation that led to the dismissal of varsity coach Luis Barajas.
The investigation of the July 12 incident discovered that Barajas had failed to notify school officials or parents that players had possibly ingested contaminated water until two weeks later, according to a report The Times obtained through the Public Records Act.
Barajas, who was dismissed Aug. 7, also was cited in the report for failing to secure a permit for practice.
The report showed the investigation discovered the athletics department had not properly vetted an assistant coach and that the school allowed students to practice before their academic eligibility was verified.
“No parent complaints were received at Bernstein, school police [were] not involved, no testing of the alleged contaminated water took place and there [were] no student illness reports,” according to a statement by the general counsel’s office for Los Angeles Unified School District.
Dr. Richard Ferkel, a San Fernando Valley-based orthopedic surgeon, said it would be difficult to determine the potential danger if a teenager ingested a male enhancement drug without knowing how much was digested. He said if anyone was taking medication with nitrates because of high blood pressure, consumption of a male enhancement drug could produce a change in blood pressure.
Look, I don't mean to act like having the water supply tainted with medication meant for men two generations their elder isn't the type of thing you'd want to put an end to in a high school locker room. If only because the pranks would only stand to become more severe, you should definitely discourage your players or their peers from drugging themselves with dick pills.
However, considering the terrible, awful, no good, very bad things we read about teenagers (and particularly jocks) doing to each other now-a-days, is it possible that it was an overreaction to can a coach for his decision to take under his own advisement (i.e. ignorance) the slightly increased awkwardness of boyish boners? I don't know, maybe I'm underestimating how detrimental a spike in blood pressure can be for those at the most unbreakable of age, but is reporting to your higher ups that your players may be feeling a little longer in the shorts really necessary when not one of them experienced any other side effect? Sort of feels like an "all's well that ends...(wait for it)...swell"-type situation.
As far as I can tell, the extent of this coach's transgressions were saving his players the embarrassment of talking to adults about their penis, not procuring the type of permit that ultimately gets racist white people shamed on the internet, and letting the dumb kids get some reps. That not really all that inexcusable given the grandness of the scheme of negligent supervision in youth sports these days. Hell, if you compare it to homoerotic harassment and minors molesting each other, it actually seems kind of funny.