In "The Gilpin report" the Courier notes,
Eleven months ago, after Pleasure Ridge Park High School football player Max Gilpin died after collapsing at football practice, Jefferson County Public Schools released initial findings into his loss of life that were appallingly shallow and quick. That first review showed that no guidelines or protocols had been breached in the practice that felled the 15-year-old sophomore.
The ensuing, second investigation was neither quick nor shallow. The district interviewed more than 125 people for the voluminous report it finally made public on Wednesday, and it took them almost a year to do it.
After all that, however, the results were virtually the same.
One boy finally raised his hand — "Bingo, we have a winner," some players recall Mr. Stinson saying...
[The report] raises as many questions as it answers, assigns no responsibility to anyone in the school district's employment for the tragedy and as a result does not undo the damage of the stumbling JCPS response last August. If anything, the report provides additional grounds for public concern...
[T]he release of the district's findings does not put a period on the end of any sentence about the death of Max.
Mr. Stinson's criminal trial for reckless homicide is scheduled for next month. A civil case brought by Max Gilpin's parents against a number of school-related individuals is planned for early next year. There is no doubt that the findings of the criminal investigation conducted by the Louisville Metro Police Department and the results of the JCPS investigation will be used in both trials, and The Courier-Journal's news pages already have listed a half-dozen contradictions between reports.
Time will tell if the district's "most extensive investigation" holds up alongside the police work and the court disclosures. Surely, Mr. Berman understands the damage that will be done to the school district if it does not.
Let this be fair warning to all JCPS student athletes: Superintendent Sheldon Berman has just made it official district policy that it is OK for your coach to run you to death. ...To C-J editors, please, before the next election, remind us which school board members lauded Berman's performance so we can vote for someone else.
Prospect, Ky. 40059
Well duh, what did you expect? Certainly not the truth or responsibility. This is the school system. ... showing [students] how to cheat, lie and then blame the innocent person for his own death.
Corydon, Ind. 47112
These days I have to look long and hard to find anyone in any walk of life to respect and admire, but Rick Bozich's column about the JCPS report on Max Gilpin catapulted him into that short list... [I am thankful for]...his willingness to use his writing skills to say what needs to be said to keep people thinking and also not allow people in positions of higher responsibility and authority to sidestep accountability when they act badly.
July 5, 2009
... It is very disappointing that in every story, someone has the finger of blame pointed in someone's direction.