JCPS Report Says Stinson Didn’t Violate Rules

by Gabe Bullard on July 1, 2009

A report from Jefferson County Public Schools concludes that PRP football coach Jason Stinson did not violate any rules or deny his players water during a practice last August in which a player collapsed and later died.

The report says 15-year-old Max Gilpin may have been ill before practice and that condition could have contributed to his death. While the report clears Stinson of any rules violations, it does say that the coach told his players at the practice that they would run until someone quit the team. The school system will soon ban such language under its ethics code.

“While that kind of negative motivation may be used in some amateur and even professional sports, that kind of culture has no place in JCPS’s athletic program,” says Superintendent Sheldon Berman.

Stinson and other school employees are being sued by Gilpin’s parents and Stinson is awaiting an August 31st trial on a reckless homicide charge. Berman declined to comment on what impact the school district report will have on those proceedings.

“I don’t know where the other cases will go, but in fact we believe there is substantial evidence—I believe there is substantial evidence—to support our case and to support the argument that’s made here and the conclusions that are drawn here,” he says.

Stinson is currently on administrative leave from the school system.

The office of prosecutor Dave Stengel declined to comment on the report.

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