School, baseball program punished after player shoves official

Published 2:11 pm Thursday, April 9, 2015

An incident at a Chilton County High School baseball game recently resulted in the school being fined $1,300 and the baseball program being temporarily suspended.

A CCHS player shoved an official during a game against Vestavia Hills at Jack Hayes Field on March 19, according to Chilton County Schools Superintendent Tommy Glasscock.

Varsity baseball is sanctioned by the Alabama High School Athletics Association, which also provides officials for baseball games, among other athletics events.

Glasscock said AHSAA’s first response was to suspend the program, pending submission and review of a “safety plan,” detailing how the school and school system would prevent such incidents in the future.

“Their immediate response was, ‘Tell us what you’re going to do to keep this from happening again,'” Glasscock said.

The superintendent worked with school Principal Cynthia Stewart and coaches to develop a plan, which was submitted to AHSAA and approved.

The baseball program was reinstated in time for a game against Elmore County on March 27, with the cancellation of two games during the suspension.

The school was fined $1,300 by AHSAA.

Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell said an investigation along with the district attorney’s office determined that no felony charge was warranted. The victim could file a misdemeanor charge but has yet to do so, Stilwell said.

The player was suspended from school until a hearing, and has since been enrolled in the Chilton Alternative Program for the remainder of the school year and banned from participating in extracurricular activities, Glasscock said.

The safety plan detailed a commitment to having an administrator present at all athletic competitions. Glasscock said a school administrator was present at the game March 19 but left before the incident occurred to attend another varsity game, as several were scheduled for the same day.

Also, the school will work with Clanton Police Department to ensure an officer is present at each game. Stilwell said an officer was assigned to Clanton City Parks on March 19 but not the baseball game specifically, as it had been rescheduled from an earlier date because of inclement weather.

“We have participated with the school in helping them with their safety plan for the rest of the year,” Stilwell said.