Jefferson City School System officials said that Jefferson High School wrestler Zach Allen was disciplined and suspended by his coach last month following the 18-year-old’s drunken driving charge in Arcade in mid-January.
Allen’s DUI and eligibility to compete in the state wrestling tournament emerged as a topic of discussion this week after a probe by a local television news outlet.
Allen was not involved in any type of school activity during the alleged offense, which came during the system’s snow break in January. The Jefferson senior was suspended from the wrestling program for three days and was given additional punishment within the program, which included extra conditioning.
“He’s been dealt with according to our discipline policy and has been disciplined within the program,” Jefferson High School principal Kevin Smith said.
Smith said that the school usually allows coaches to handle off-campus issues like this that are unrelated to school business.
“Coach (Doug) Thurmond and the coaches within the wrestling program handled it appropriately,” Smith said.
As part of CBS 46’s recurring “Tough Questions” segment, the station sent reporters to Jefferson Tuesday, asking about discipline procedures within the school’s athletic program.
Jefferson superintendent John Jackson, who was interviewed by CBS 46, said the system takes drunken driving very seriously, but added that Allen’s alleged offense was away from the school and not part of anything related to JHS.
Jackson – who didn’t know about the charge until Tuesday -- said that if Allen weren’t an athlete, “the school wouldn’t have likely gotten involved at all.”
“The only reason he was punished (by the school), is because he was an athlete,” Jackson said.
Jackson said that as far as he knows, Allen has never been in trouble prior to the DUI charge.
are you kidding me. three xtra days of running. running is what wrestlers do anyway. DUI. that is a pretty serious offense. not only is he breaking the law by drinking, but also by driving. where did he get the alcohol?fake id possibly? parents? if i recall ejchs students were suspended for "no criminal charges" no vandalism. coaches got let go. perhaps the jefferson mafia needs to be put in their place as well.i guess it is o.k for jefferson students to break the law outside of school. drinking is o.k or condoned by the super. so if a jefferson athlete robs a store it is o.k as long as he runs extra. kids go to jefferson you can do anything you want as long as you are not at school and still participate in extra-curricular activities. the coach come on. 3 days. of course winning and bullying are the most important parts of being a dragooooooon.
Look, what anyone does on there own time and not on school grounds is their own buisiness. Jefferson is an average government highschool, not a damn catholic school, were not perfect. Things like that happen. And suspending the guy for what happened wouldnt solve anything. What do you think people are gonna go "oh look, he drank and he didnt get suspended maybe i should drink too!" Are you an idiot. Thats not how highschool works. Im in Jefferson i think I know. And as for this "Bullying" BS, that's just a bunch of lies. Jefferson is not a bad bullying school. That reputation started based on lies about something that happened 2 years ago. So get your facts strait.
It seems Jefferson cares more about their sports program and winning than setting a good example in the school and the community. If this student athlete had not been a top athlete with chances of winning a state title, I assure you, he would of had more than just extra conditioning as a consequence. This sends the wrong message to the student body and athletes at Jefferson and I am so thankful my children do no attend a school where this kind of activity is tolerated.