The appellants seek to reverse a decision made by the East Central Community School District board of education to impose athletic ineligibility sanctions on the above-referenced students for violating the good conduct rule for athletes.
The students were members of the District's varsity basketball team, and their coach was told they had been drinking alcoholic beverages all season and prior to games. He wrote down questions and interviewed each student. They were made ineligible, and the coach contacted their parents.
The appellants made the following arguments:1. Violations have to be verified, and since there was no violations, there is no verification. 2. The students were questioned without the parents present3. The students' due process rights were violated4. Self-incrimination was an issue.
The role of the state board is to correct errors and will not overturn a board of education decision unless it was capricious, arbitrary, without basis in law, or it constituted a abuse of discretion
The decision made by the East Central board of education is affirmed.