Marc Sawyer’s strong words after an athlete-suspension controversy should trigger a change for the better.
Marc Sawyer did something few educators do nowadays. He spoke from the heat of his heart when he resigned as Westbrook schools’ athletic director last weekend. He couldn’t continue in the position he once considered his dream job because of the ‘incestuous culture of the community, individuals placing their own needs ahead of the overall group.’
His words and others like them were harsh and damning. They carried the pain of a native son who had returned to his hometown to succeed, not to fail. He wanted to teach and guide student-athletes in a community that had experienced a rebirth of pride in its sports teams.
Then came the party last fall where alcohol was available to under-age kids, including those same student-athletes. Suspensions by Sawyer followed. Some were rescinded, and suddenly all suspensions were lifted by Principal Jon Ross, who believed the process was flawed.