Should Entire Baseball Team Be Punished?

The story about the season being cancelled for the Northside baseball team in Beaufort County after some team members threw baseball's out of an activity bus is generating quite a bit of reaction.




The story about the season being cancelled for the Northside baseball team in Beaufort County after some team members threw baseballs out of an activity bus is generating quite a bit of reaction.

The school system says several players were involved in the incident on May 4th that left one person with minor injuries. The school superintendent then decided to cancel the season.

The school system has not told us the exact number of players involved. We don't know if it was two, three, ten, fifteen, or more. We do know that the sheriff's office also is investigating. It is possible that charges could be filed against those who were involved.

Two main themes seem to be emerging from commenters to this story on our homepage. There are those who are applauding the superintendent for taking a tough stance and teaching the entire team a lesson by cancelling the season. And there are those who say the superintendent is wrong for punishing the entire team for the actions of a few, questioning what message that kind of logic sends.

What do you think is appropriate? Punish everyone for the actions of some, or only hold those responsible accountable for their actions?



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  • by who is dumb enough to do this any way Location: brisie on Nov 15, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    look the whole there is no i in team thing is just wrong. theres no way the whole team should be ounished how is that fair to the few who did the right thing i say trial those who did it as adults and let the good ones play
  • by andrea Location: michiga on Nov 8, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    the word team means work together but it does not mean punish every one for a few individuals.... every person is accountable for thier own actions. no one innocent shoukld be punished for the ignorant members. in this case every member need to speak for themselves and not one for all.
  • by Lynn Location: Greenville on Jul 3, 2009 at 11:30 PM
    Their is no "I" in TEAM. You are wearing the TEAM uniform, Representing your school. Playing ball TOGETHER. It's a hard lesson to learn. Somethings happen really quick. You have to be in control.But you all did it to yourself. It's hard to step up to the plate somethings, but someone has to do it. Okay so how do you kick off a few players????Well,lets see, we don't have a short stop, catcher or a third baseman, not to mention the whole out field. (I am sorry I did not know who was doing what wrong, but hope you get my point. Baseball is a TEAM sport. How are you going to play with a handicap like that. Maybe a few forfeited games would have made more sense, a full season seemed really hard. (But I did not have to make that call, thank goodness)But a lesson definately not forgotten. No matter what uniform you have on, you have a responsibility to up hold. That is the message, that is the logic a lot of us where brought up with. You are responsible for your actions.
  • by Ron Location: NC on Jun 7, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    Each one of us should never be punished for what someone else did wrong. The one's that we know are guilty should be dropped from the the sport and any other sport that they may be in for the remainer of the year. Don't cancel the team and prevent the one's who are not guilty from enjoying their sport. Parents have got to step up and start teaching our kids that if you wish to play a sport, then you first learn respect and sportsmanship.
  • by flipflop on May 24, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    It was totally unnecessary to print the names of the whole baseball team on the front page of the newspaper. "All" of them did not participate in this act.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on May 21, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    We don't know the complete details of the story. But if other students dared others to act inappropriately, then the superintendent did the right thing. This was an embarrassment to the school system. The problem is parents are too protective and their kids are just kids in their minds. These children are reaching adulthood. It's best to teach them life's lessons now rather than wait until they are 18 and it becomes permanent record.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2009 at 01:35 AM
    There is no I in team, true. But I too am tired of parents that have kids that do not take responsibility for their kids upbringing. If my son was on this baseball team and was one of the kids responsible for this, I would make sure that the next time he played school ball he would have learned his lesson. And if my son was on this team and did nothing, I would be very mad at the fact that this is what they chose as punishment. Punish the one's responsible, PERIOD. And if it were I that did nothing and faced my season being canceled, I would sing like a bird. If you are too immature to care about playing school sports then you shouldn't be on the team in the first place. Don't break the rules and you want be worried about getting caught.
  • by Whezza on May 19, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    The superintendent "dropped the ball" on this one. There is absolutely no reason to punish the team for the actions of a few. Perhaps if the individual that threw the ball that hit the truck had been dealt with properly prior to this incident, then just maybe we wouldn't even be discussing this. For all of you that keep blaming WITN for running the story and picture, you need to just stop your whining. This is NEWS and Zach threw the ball, has been in trouble before...all public record!
  • by david Location: plymouth on May 19, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    to wondering in plymouth, they do know who threw the balls off the bus and they where disiplined on the 5th of may the team was disiplined on the 7th . the bad apples had been remove the rest of the bunch was good.
  • by wondering Location: Plymouth on May 18, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    All of those who are saying no, what do you suggest? You have a pat answer for what NOT to do. You don't have any idea which players threw the balls; not one of the other players has the guts to tell who the culprits are. What do YOU suggest, just forget the whole thing and maybe it won't happen again? Kids will be kids but these kids are almost adults. THEY need to be held responsible, period. Yes, they should all suffer if they don't have the guts to reveal the culprits.
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