Turns out that the superbug infection rate is a little higher than we were led to believe. Five football players at Palmetto High
were infected a few weeks back. And what did school officials do?
They didn't contact the school community. Oh, no, that would've been too responsible. They chickened out and sent letters only to parents whose children were on the team. The excuse: they didn't want to alarm the parents. Yeah, right.
Well, here's a bulletin for those decision-makers: Football players come in contact with other students -- in the classroom and through extracurricular activities. In fact, my 16-year-old is a varsity football player. His team will be playing Palmetto this Saturday. The likelihood that he will have "open skin" in this bruising game and will come into contact with someone from the opposing team is as certain as death and taxes.
Schools need to stop worrying about their reputations. Lesson here: Less damage control and more information.