Parent Claims Retaliation

November 1, 2017

Stacy Wray, the mother of two Franklin (Tenn.) High School football players, alleges that her sons were suspended in retaliation for her speaking out about an “unhealthy” culture on the team. According to FOX News, Wray and her husband approached Donnie Webb, Head Football Coach at Franklin, with a concern about how their older son, Jake, had been treated when he returned to practice after suffering a concussion.

"Kids have to be able to feel safe to self-report if they're still have headaches, if they're still not feeling well," Wray said. "If they feel like they're going to be punished from missing practice for recovering from a concussion, that could potentially hinder kids from self reporting. That's not safe."

Wray said that Jay Johnson, the school's athletic director, indicated her sons had been suspended from football until a meeting between him, the Wrays, the coach and another administrator had taken place. As a result of the suspension, both students missed the final game of the season.

Wray said the problem concerns the entire team, not just her sons.

"When the culture has intimidation and bullying and fear tactics and unfair punishment, public humiliation, that's just an unhealthy culture for anyone's kids," Wray said.

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