BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The state baseball playoffs began this evening and the Topsail High School team did not suit up. Instead, parents and players spoke at the Pender County School Board meeting voicing their concerns and searching for answers.
“We know what devastating consequences have been bestowed on our players and the Topsail baseball team,” one Topsail parent said. “But the important question that we need to ask now: what will the consequences be for the administrators that caused this?”
Parents and members of the Topsail baseball team spoke from the heart to the Pender County School Board, questioning the steps taken by Topsail High administration that left the team ineligible for the playoffs.
“Losing my teammate that was in question crushed all of us,” one Pirate Baseball player said. “Not only was he taken from us, which left our hearts broken, but our dreams of winning states was ripped right out of our hands.”
Pender County Schools told WWAY the investigation into the team and the ineligible player began May 2, the day before the final game of the season.
But parents believe administrators knew about the ineligibility far before and failed to announce it until the end.
The school board is launching its heir own investigation into how the situation was handled, so the parents can get the closure they say they need.
“The administrators that failed to do their job need to be held accountable for this,” a parent said. “We are looking to you for that.”
“I am asking, actually I am begging, that you don’t let this happen to any more children. It’s wrong.”