21.1 C
Houston
Thursday, February 25, 2021

After student suicides, some ask for sports in Illinois to resume amid pandemic

It’s been months of no sports for Illinois high school students because of Pritzker administration guidance during COVID-19, and some say the impacts have been deadly.

Student-athlete Dylan Buckner from Northbrook reportedly took his own life last week. The Daily Herald reported before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the governor’s rules prohibiting K-12 sports, Bucker was a starting quarterback with good grades and prospects for college football.

Illinois High School Association Executive Director Craig Anderson said it was tragic and not isolated.

- Advertisement -

“I think it’s more than we could probably imagine, to be honest, I know of other students who have taken their lives,” Anderson said. “There’s a student from Seneca, and actually there’s a lawsuit pending right now related to that incident.”

A youth from Northbrook on Twitter tagged the governor, his health department and others asking when student-athletes will be a priority during the pandemic.

The Pritzker administration, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education did not respond when asked for comment.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week said they continue to review when sports will be possible.

“We have doctors and others that we rely upon internally to help us make some of the decisions and then when we’re at a point to have a conversation with one of the organizations or a number of them, we will do so,” Pritzker said.

On the Illinois House Floor Monday, state Rep. Dan Swanson, R-Alpha, urged for the Pritzker administration and private sports associations to allow competition in Illinois.

“I have carloads of family members, it’s people, drive over to Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa, to compete over the weekend and then return to their classrooms the following week,” Swanson said.

Anderson said the IHSA board attempted to have basketball months ago, but was rebuffed.

“The public schools find it challenging, at least that’s what we heard back in our survey, that they couldn’t move forward without having the permission of the Department of Public Health and the governor’s office,” he said.

Anderson acknowledged they’re hearing more and more about parents transferring students from public to private schools because of the lack of extracurricular activities.

He said the IHSA board will have to make a decision about “drop dead dates” for when sports like basketball and even a possible spring football season wouldn’t be able to proceed.

Read More at Washingtonexaminer

Latest news

How can Texas prevent another power failure?

Twenty-five years ago, we did not have free markets in electricity. Back then, prices...

Cuomo’s Office Responds to Aide’s Sexual Harassment Claims

The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 24 responded to sexual harassment claims from a former female member of his administration,...

How Societies Are Imprisoned: The Whole World Will One Day Be Like Hollywood?

Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.us,I rarely write about Hollywood or the film industry, primarily because there is a vast array of analysts and...

Creator of ‘The Simpsons’ speaks out against replacement of white voice actors who portray nonwhite characters on the show

Matt Groening, the storied creator of "The Simpsons," spoke out against the current obsession to replace white voice actors who portray nonwhite characters on...

Related news

Cuomo’s Office Responds to Aide’s Sexual Harassment Claims

The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 24 responded to sexual harassment claims from a former female member of his administration,...

How Societies Are Imprisoned: The Whole World Will One Day Be Like Hollywood?

Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.us,I rarely write about Hollywood or the film industry, primarily because there is a vast array of analysts and...

Creator of ‘The Simpsons’ speaks out against replacement of white voice actors who portray nonwhite characters on the show

Matt Groening, the storied creator of "The Simpsons," spoke out against the current obsession to replace white voice actors who portray nonwhite characters on...

US Army Building World’s Most Powerful Laser To Vaporize Drones 

The US Army appears to be developing a laser weapon that is a "million times stronger" than anything ever used before - instead of...

“Makes Absolutely No Sense” – Biden Cancels Trump’s ‘Operation Talon’ Program Targeting Immigrant Sex Offenders

Via HumanEvents.com,Biden has made it clear that his number one mission as president is to undo everything the Trump administration accomplished over the last...

AT&T calls Tucker Carlson’s allegations that it lobbied on behalf of Chinese company ‘misleading’

AT&T said Fox News host Tucker Carlson's allegations that the company lobbied on behalf...

Controversial Roe v. Wade Ruling & Case Gets the Hollywood Treatment

The U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion is still regarded as one of the country’s more controversial if not tragic events.  While there’s endless talk...

Maryland Set To Tax Online Ads From Facebook And Google

Look out, Google and Facebook.Maryland is now set to become the first state in the nation to tax online ads. It's a trend, that...