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By Randy Economy
In the wake of the controversial decision to whip out the remaining varsity football season at Cerritos High School by campus officials, an on line petition drive has begun on Thursday that demand that the program be “left alone” for the remainder of the season.
On the nationwide website www.change.org, the petition drive i
ncludes parents of current Dons football players, as well as a smattering of community members, and former Cerritos High School alumni.
The petition is listed as “Cerritos High School Administration: Reinstate the varsity football program for the 2012-2013 year.”
“(Cerritos High School) Student athletes have put a lot of heart and hard work into achieving a varsity status for the start of the 2012-2013 school year. It is important that the athletes are given their chance to continue what they have started,” the petition states.
“So much has been taken away from them with the decision to cancel the remaining varsity games. Some of these athletes will never be given the opportunity to represent their school or have a sense of fulfilling their individual goals on the main stage under the Friday night lights. Not only is this decision affecting the athletes, there are many other activities that take pride in showing their accomplishments. For example and not limited to band, cheerleaders, dance drill team, and others,” writes petition backer David Smith of Cerritos.
Cerritos High School football player Masseeh Yakuuby signed the petition and said “This is my team. They have no right to take it away from after all the hard work I put into it.”
Lisa Barba who grew up in Cerritos, left the message, “(this is) more like lets teach the kids to be POOR SPORTS, BAD LOSERS AND QUITER’S!”
“This is a terrible decision by Cerritos High School Administration. It is sending the message to the kids that if they can’t have a winning team then they won’t play at all,” said Placentia resident Laura Bremmer.
“Academics are not the only thing needed! This means they can cancel any sport at any time, which will change my decision for my child to go there,” stated petition signer Debbie McMillan who is a resident of Cerritos.
The petition is listed right here: http://www.change.org/petitions/cerritos-high-school-administration-reinstate-the-varsity-football-program-for-the-2012-2013-year
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