Questions About Due Process Surround AI duPont Basketball Team Suspension

A group of parents demanded answers today from Red Clay Consolidated School District officials regarding the suspension of the basketball team from their last game and the playoffs.  As I wrote yesterday, the team was suspended when they got off their bench at the end of a game after they were told not to.  Allegations of racial slurs have been central to this matter but neither Red Clay or Delaware Military Academy have said anything in an official capacity that these epithets came out despite numerous witnesses coming forward on Facebook, comments on Delaware Online, and witnesses that have come forward to Red Clay officials.  Now those parents are demanding the suspension decision be rescinded based on what they are perceiving to be a lack of due process based on policies within Red Clay.  The following letter was sent to the district today.  As well, Red Clay board member Adriana Bohm asked the district to rescind their decision.

**Updated, 4:25pm: According to The News Journal, the district may reconsider the team’s suspension for their remaining game and the playoffs.  Still no response from Commandant Pullella at Delaware Military Academy.

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

2 thoughts on “Questions About Due Process Surround AI duPont Basketball Team Suspension”

  1. First, if you’re going to appeal the decision, make sure the grammar is correct.

    The DIAA basketball committee meets at 9 a.m. Friday to determine the brackets. How long does this parent want the DIAA to wait so the fate of one school can be determined?

    You know what would have prevented this from happening? The players listening to their coach. He told them not to go up to the balcony in that shit DMA gym. They ignored him. So if the team wants to participate, here is what I propose: identify which players left the court, and suspend them. If you need to fill out the varsity roster with JV players, so be it. There are consequences for actions, and if that is the bitter lesson some kids have to learn, then so be it.

    Also, one A.I. player was ejected with about 40 seconds remaining. That person is ineligible to participate in the Tigers’ next game, per DIAA rules. The forfeit of the Smyrna game does not fulfill that suspension.

    And for crying out loud, can someone get Jea Street to just shut up? Go ahead, you grandstanding clown. Seek an injunction. That will go nowhere. As long as you don’t use my county resources to pursue your legal remedies.


    1. Wow! And this is the part that annoys me! The media put out that a player was ejected from this game and this is not true!!! I personally spoke with AI’s principal who confirmed that NO player was ejected from this game! This is just nuts


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