Basketball Coach Sued For Whipping Players With Belt


(11/12/2010) Murrah High School’s basketball coach Marlon Dorsey is in high heated waters. He is suspended and being sued for using a weight belt to whip his players. Someone used their cell phone to capture an incident between the coach and his players, which you can see above. The coach admitted to whipping the students in an effort to save themselves from self-destruction. He stated: “I paddled my students… today, some of [sic] students have lost pride in their school and in their (sic) selves. Students are disrespecting teachers, administrators and other students by stealing cell phones, leaving off campus without permission, disrupting classroom teaching time, late for class and not following dress codes by wearing the pants on their butts and house shoes to school and on-court behavior. I took it upon myself to save these young men from the destruction of self and what society has accepted and become silent to the issues our students are facing on a daily basis.” The coach has apologized for his actions.
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  1. I can see both sides of the whipping issue, as I have observed many young black men being disrespectful of themselves and others. I believe the main this stems from young men who do not have a male role model in the home. However, on the other hand, I can understand the parents point of view, especially when there is both a mother and a father in the home; being frustrated and upset. Rather than whipping the players, I believe suspending them from the team or taking away their ability to play in a game would have been a much better punishment. What worked for the previous generation of the 50’s and 60’s, just does not work in this generation. One reason, is that young adults and children have more rights than their parents. Parents are fearful of hitting, whipping or disciplining their children for fear of CPS showing up on their door step; going to jail or having their children taken away. The reason for this, is because some parents have taken discipling and punishment too far, bordering on abuse, which has lead to these child protection rights. The point I am trying to make here, is that it is up to the parents of the children to make the decision of how to discipline their children. If a child requires punishment, and the coach feels some action i.e. punishment is necessary, then he should have contacted the parents and let them deal with it. If he was not satisfied with the punishment, then he should suspend the player from the team. It is not up to the coach to take the role of discipling his players. Although some parents may support his actions and be okay with it; others do not agree. Those parents who feel it is okay to whip their children, will eventually end up being the same ones who might “sue” the school and the coach if the whippings end up harming their child. Bottom line, the coach has made a bad decision, and as a result, may loose his job; as there is too much negative controversery. He needs to just keep his hands off of other people’s children.


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