BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - Student athlete safety is called into question in Clay County, Indiana schools. This school year, the athletic trainer contract that Clay Community schools have with a local hospital will run out. While the school board rushes to renew the contract, recent meetings have revealed that one of the two Clay County high schools has completely been left out from having a trainer.
High schools sports are a source of pride for parents. But, with that pride is another side of the coin, danger. A danger present every time a high school athlete steps onto the field. It’s a fear that Northview parent Tod Haring knows all to well.
"My son right now he plays football, he’s a senior, he got a concussion first game of the season," Haring told News 10.
However, the difference between his son's care and that of a student at Clay City high school is the athletic trainer.
"I had a daughter who was involved in a bad injury last year in a softball game,” Chris Booe, a Clay City parent said Tuesday.
“It was brought to my attention and I’ve know for some time that we did not have an athletic trainer in Clay City."
Therein lies the controversy that exploded at Tuesday night’s Clay Community School Board Meeting. While Clay County schools have had an athletic trainer contract with St. Vincent Clay hospitals, only Northview High School has received those services.
At the special meeting of the board, the school corporation explained they want to finally solve that problem.
"From there we are looking at contracts and the ability of St. Vincent’s to provide both (schools a trainer), Assistant Superintendent Tim Rayle said. “If they can't provide both (then) we are looking at another provider to provide a trainer at Clay City high school."
Still, if no new contract is reached before November, Northview will lose their athletic trainer
"She’s the most important person out there in a sporting event and it's unacceptable," Haring said later.
While that’s something folks in Clay City don't want to see they just want what they feel is fair.
"We are not upset at them (Northview) or anything, but we sure think we deserve also what they have,” Booes explained.
The Clay County School Board hopes to have a plan in place to put a trainer in both schools by their first meeting in October.
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