New Berlin high school student suspended for actions at basketball game

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NEW BERLIN (WITI) -- Students at one New Berlin high school find themselves at the center of controversy after wearing Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE t-shirts to a basketball game.

A week ago, a New Berlin West boys basketball coach was allegedly caught possessing marijuana on school grounds. In response, a group of New Berlin Eisenhower students wore the t-shirts to Tuesday's game against West. A school district spokesperson says when administrators asked the students to conceal their shirts, some refused and were asked to leave. One student made an inappropriate gesture -- and was suspended from attending Friday's game.

The parents of the student that was suspended tell FOX6 News their son knows he was wrong -- and regrets the action. They say he was frustrated that his efforts to be the best "superfan" had been thwarted.

Meanwhile, a statement from the School District of New Berlin reads in part:

"Part of good sportsmanship, as defined by WIAA, is being respectful to the game, event and others. It also includes not taunting or ridiculing others. We expect our student fans to support their team and their school, and not to make a mockery of a rival school, especially given the sensitivity of the circumstances related to the coaching situation."

According to social media chatter, a lot of New Berlin Eisenhower students planned to wear tie-dye shirts to Friday night's boys basketball game as a show of solidarity. The district's spokesperson says the district is okay with that because the opponent Friday night is not New Berlin West.

14 comments

    • Mark

      It’s amazing how people in forums like this will abandon civility and reason to support their point no matter how indefensible it is. Do any of you ever consider what type of example you’re setting for your kids, that is if most of you aren’t kids yourself?

    • David

      Oh, and one other point. If the young man suspended for the obscene gesture was “really” wearing the DARE t-shirt to make anti-drug statement, I doubt he would have become so “frustrated” at his limited ability to be a “superfan”. Why aren’t the parents being chastised for raising such a rude and obstinate little fellow?

      • dookiedrawers

        Oh David, your opinions are obviously biased, it’s pretty clear that you have a child who is a student at West, and probably even a son that plays on the basketball team. So, nothing you said should hold any weight for anyone reading it. The West basketball coach got caught with marijuana on school grounds. A person of authority, and one whom the boys on his team looked up to for guidance and support. If anything, his parents should be chastised for raising a drug addict, and then bringing his drugs around impressionable teenagers. The parents of the students who wore D.A.R.E. shirts should be COMMENDED for standing up for what’s right, and legal, and for invoking their Constitutional rights to free speech. It’s utterly disgusting that they were discouraged from wearing those shirts, regardless of any situation. Drug abuse is a serious problem in SE WI. Let’s try to stop being so afraid to do the right thing all the time, and constantly trying to avoid the REAL issues at hand. This time, it’s the coach, not the kids. Wake up people!

    • Paul Duncan

      David, you miss the whole point. It was making fun of, as you said the ” asinine and idiotic coach,” not the students. My kids go to West, they were fine with the somewhat clever joke. Are we becoming a little too sensitive? In terms of the seniors and scholarships, West is very weak this year so I don’t think that is much of an issue either.

  • Bud Fudlacker

    Weren’t these students provided with the DARE shirts because it is a positive message? Now they are in trouble for wearing them? Do they understand it is an anti drug message? Why is that bad?

  • Jackie

    They could have wore those shirts to stand up and say that they know drugs are wrong and they know better to not to do them. The coach shoul not have used marijuana if he didn’t want that to happen

  • Mark

    I think the problem was it was the opposing team….they were only wearing them to make fun of the coach they were playing against for getting caught with weed.
    Had nothing to do with how the students felt about drugs. Had everything to do with making fun of the coach. I thought it was kinda funny

  • Mark

    It’s amazing how people in forums like this will abandon civility and reason to support their point no matter how indefensible it is. Do any of you ever consider what type of example you’re setting for your kids, that is if most of you aren’t kids yourself?

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