A coach suspends his entire team, making them help out in the local Utah community rather than attend football practice. On Sept. 25, FOX News reported that Matt LaBrum took action following "problems ranging from cutting class to cyber bullying." Coach LaBrum says that he noticed some of the kids at Union High School started acting out -- so he decided to nip that bad behavior in the bud -- by teaching a lesson to the whole team.
"We felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn’t want our young men going. We felt like we needed to make a stand," said LaBrum. All 80 players were told to turn in their jerseys and their equipment -- the request met by many tears from kids that really wanted to play football this season.
The coach suspends team story made national news and received mixed reviews. While some people have been praising LaBrum's decision to teach the young boys a lesson, others feel as though sports are a vital part of school and that kids who behave and do well in school shouldn't be punished -- even though the school is not looking at LaBrum's decision at a "punishment" but as an "opportunity."
"We got an emotional response from the boys. I think it really meant something to them, which was nice to see that it does mean something. There was none of them that fought us on it," said LaBrum.
A coach that suspends his team to do something good in the community is more than a good coach... he is a good person. Do you agree?
© Effie Orfanides 2013