|KIPP Dictator Scott Shirey|
According to sources contacted by The Inside Scoop Online, KIPP School Chief Scott Shirey forced his Jr. High team to forfeit a game in progress Friday against Nemo Vista. The reason was unbelievable. The KIPP players and students apparently hollared "Miss It" while the opposing team was shooting free throws, a practice almost as old as organized basketball itself.
According to the sources who asked not to be identified, KIPP players and fans hollared "miss it" while the Red Hawks were shooting free throws. At that point, Shirey stopped the game and forced his team to forfeit, depriving both sets of fans from watching the student-athletes and depriving parents of the opportunity to watch their children. Nemo Vista fans made a three hour drive to watch their kids play.
Shirey's actions, in addition to being unorthodox, unfair, and uncalled for, also appear to be a violation of the rules in the Arkansas Activities Association Handbook. Rule 5 off the Handbook reads as follows:
Rule 5. CONTRACTS BETWEEN SCHOOLS
A. Scheduled contests among members of the association
shall be covered by contracts drawn up on regular AAA
contract forms. Contracts may be cancelled only upon
mutual agreement in writing between the two schools
NOTE: An exception to this requirement may be made by
the Executive Director when it is determined that a schedule
change is necessary for a school to be in compliance with a
change of rules and regulations adopted by the Governing
Body. Contractual agreements exceeding one year shall be
limited to and shall coincide with reclassification cycles.
B. A school canceling a game or contest without mutual
1. forfeit the game,
2. pay the stipulated forfeiture fee of the contract,
3. reimburse the other involved school for all reasonable
financial obligations incurred in their preparation for the
The school canceling a contract without mutual agreement
may not schedule another contest during the week
prescribed in the contract that was canceled. All forfeitures
and reimbursements shall be made within thirty (30) days
following the designated contract date canceled. Failure to
make such payment may cause the school to be penalized
Clearly, this was not a mutually agreed upon cancellation. It is unfortunate that Mr. Shirey chose to go off of the reservation and penalize his kids for showing school spirit and cheering while also embarrassing this community by causing the fans from Nemo Vista to drive three hours and not to get to see one of their teams play. Reportedly, KIPP parents associated with the team are upset. It will also be interesting to see if this is reported in The Helena World.
In closing, this attitude from Shirey reflects an egotistical and dictatorial approach to dealing with his constituents. Perhaps it is time those constituents return home to the public schools in Helena-West Helena and Barton.