To the editor:
On April 20, Bishop Seabury Academy's girls soccer team won a match by forfeit when Flint Hills Christian School was told to leave the field by their coach after hearing inappropriate language from a Seabury player.
This is what occurred following the game.
Bishop Seabury Academy's Head of School, Chris Carter, and Seabury's coach, Gunar Harmon, apologized to the visiting coach and met with the Seabury team and the offending player.
Unsportsmanlike behavior, in any form, is not tolerated by our school. In fact, throughout our brief history, our acts of sportsmanship have many times been pointed out by our competition, referees and coaches. We have very high expectations for our students and our athletes. Clearly, they were not met on the soccer field on April 20.
As per our athletic policy, the player has been suspended from the team for a minimum of one match. Any further suspension time depends upon that particular player and her actions. I would expect her to do the following: To contact Flint Hills Christian and apologize to their coach and players, to address her teammates and to address the student body and speak to her coach, athletic director and head of school. Ultimately, it is I, as the athletic director and the adult, that must take the responsibility for this behavior.
For those of you that witnessed it and for those of you that read about it, accept my apologies as the director of athletics for our school. Let me assure it was not the Seabury way and we will always strive to do better.
Bishop Seabury Academy