I remember a time when you couldn't find a hotel pool in Florida that wasn't full of naked high school softball players during spring break. But now, apparently, it's called "hazing."
A Knoxville, Tenn. softball coach has resigned after an incident in which members of her team, while on a spring break tournament trip in Myrtle Beach, allegedly forced freshmen teammates to strip in a hotel swimming pool and stay there for up to 15 minutes. Wait, wasn't this the plot to Adventureland? From WATE6 In Knoxville:
The parent also says Branum watched the incident and threatened the girls with running laps if they told others about the incident. In her resignation letter, Branum writes:
"It is with my deepest regret that I submit my resignation as the Head Coach of the Anderson County Softball team. During a recent spring break trip, an event occurred that I am extremely sorry that I allowed to happen and I take full responsibility. I would never do anything to put my team in harm's way or embarrass my team. There is nothing that I wouldn't do for any of my girls if they needed me. In the past two years, I've learned a lot about how hard it is to be a coach in today's environment and I am still learning. Please accept this letter of resignation with my sincerest apologies."
For responses from a couple of players who, apparently, were there, please visit the article's comments section. Those comments should also provide a chilling look into the state of education in Tennessee public schools.
Anderson Co. High Coach Resigns During Hazing Investigation [WATE6]