North Point coaches and stu­dents de­serve an apol­ogy

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

This let­ter is in re­sponse to Mr. T.T. Thomas’ un­fair cri­tique of North Point High School ath­letic and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams [‘A loss for Charles County,’ Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, March 25].

Mr. Thomas is cor­rect in de­scrib­ing North Point as a 4A school. But he is in­cor­rect and ill-in­formed in his char­ac­ter­i­za­tion that North Point re­cruits play­ers. Stu­dents who are not zoned for North Point can only at­tend North Point if they are ac­cepted into one of the STI (Science, Tech­nol­ogy and In­dus­try) pro­grams. Par­ents and stu­dents must ap­ply. Stu­dents are re­quired to fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion and sit for an in­ter­view. Teach­ers and coaches are re­moved from the process. Mr. Thomas’ false and in­ac­cu­rate ac­cu­sa­tions are an in­sult to the coaches, teach­ers and stu­dents. The stu­dents who are ac­cepted into the STI pro­grams (whose num­bers are capped by the board of ed­u­ca­tion) come to North Point for an ed­u­ca­tion, not to play sports. Fur­ther­more, Mr. Thomas fails to un­der­stand that stu­dent ath­letes are teenagers. It does not mat­ter the size of the school, they are all teenagers and wins and losses are not de­ter­mined by the size of the school. North Point teach­ers and stu­dents de­serve an apol­ogy.

Derek L. Brown, Wal­dorf

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