Two players dismissed from MC football team

By on October 29, 2014

 

When linebacker Justin Moreno was forced to the sideline due to an injury this fall, Manheim Central’s football team lost one of its key defensive starters.

Last Monday, Oct. 20, the Barons lost two more.

According to a recent LNP article, Manheim Central School District dismissed two senior starters on the defensive side of the ball following an incident of “defacing school property.”

When asked on Tuesday if he could say anything on the record about the incident, Manheim Central coach Mike Williams said, “(There’s) nothing to say about it. It was, I think, just punishment, that’s all I would say.”

It was noted by LNP that Reno Dart, a defensive lineman/running back who had 32 tackle points and a team-best four sacks in eight games, acknowledged to Manheim Central administrators that he wore the Barons’ mascot head in the locker room as the team was preparing for its game against Cocalico on Oct. 17.

LNP cited a discipline letter indicating that Dart was nude, but had his private areas covered as he walked in the locker room around other players.

One of the other players in the locker room, according to LNP, snapped a photograph of Dart and put it on Snapchat. LNP added that the player who took the photo, along with Dart, received a three-day suspension and are no longer members of the Barons’ football team.

In LNP’s coverage of the incident, they quote the discipline letter written by high school principal Jeffrey Hughes, which says, “Reno Dart’s behavior of October 17, 2014 constituted defacing school property. Co-curricular and/or extracurricular participants are often in the public eye, and, hence their personal conduct must always be above reproach. They have an obligation to project at all times a positive image of themselves and the Manheim Central Community that they represent. Failure to do so can lead to immediate dismissal from co-curricular and or extracurricular activities.”

LNP added that Manheim Central School District notes in the letter a breach of the Baron Code, detailed on a conduct form which student-athletes are required to sign. The Baron Code is a directive of conduct for students participating in extracurricular activities.

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