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Follette Will Keep Job, Teach Students About Dangers of Drinking

Plymouth North baseball coach Dwayne Follette will keep his job, after Plymouth school administration considered firing him.

"I made a mistake," Coach Dwayne Follette told the School Committee and a full house at PCIS Monday night.

"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I did nothing illegal, but I was definitely in poor judgment. The end result is I’m still going to be able to coach kids. I’m going to be able to hopefully help more kids in the future on some of the tough issues in society."

Follette was accused in an anonymous letter to the PNHS principal of attending a party where his players played drinking games, and where he allegedly took part in those games.

School administration considering firing Follette, but instead came to an agreement that would keep the championship-winning coach in his job.

Follette will keep coaching the baseball team, but will give up positions with the football and basketball teams. Additionally, Follette will work with school officials to educate students about the dangers of underage drinking.

According to statistics provided by Superintendent Gary Maestas, 64.7 percent of kids in Plymouth in 2008 indicated that by grade 12 had consumed alcohol within the last 30 days of the survey.

School Committee Chairman Dennis Begley said he hopes that Follette's noteriety in the community will be a bonus in getting the message out about underage drinking.

What do you think? Does the punishment fit the crime? Is underage drinking a major problem in Plymouth? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

robischeaumj August 07, 2012 at 04:22 PM
no it doesnt a reprimand yes losing a coach position no....did the other coaches/teachers that were at the party get punished did they even get named what about the parents that gave the party what happened to them....why does it take an unnamed source for a person to be punished now what if someone wrote a letter stating that the super intenedant dint something wrong what would be the recourse then would he step down.....im glad dwayne kept his job but who are we really hurting and saying to our kids ...ok underage drinking is wrong but its ok to say things behind someones back instead of being forth coming the person who wrote that letter is nothing more than a coward
Jason August 07, 2012 at 08:45 PM
No, the punishment does NOT fit the crime, because he was punished without committing a crime! SHAMEFUL!!

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