The money crunch and resulting decisions made by the Bethel School Board seem to have resulted in the tragic automobile accident involving Graham-Kapowsin High School soccer players Clara Vallone and Maryssa Beare (TNT, 9-23).
Apparently the Bethel School District implemented the policy in 2008 that student athletes will not be transported by the school district to athletic events that occur after 5 p.m. if they are within the school district or the adjacent Puyallup School District.
This tragedy is the perfect example of why the team members for all high school sporting events must be transported by adults, authorized by the school district, to all sporting events unless it is their home venue. Students need only to know when to report to their own school for authorized transport; if they are late they will not be allowed to compete. The mature adult will then be transporting the team to the correct venue, all arriving at the appropriate time.
Where does the money come from? Well, how valuable are the lives of the students?