VIDEO: Vaughan School Extracurriculars Get The Axe
It sounds like it will be a sports free year for some students at Stephen Lewis Secondary School in Vaughan.
Notices went up this morning telling students, sports like volleyball, cricket, golf and junior girls basketball will be cancelled this year.
Students outside the school claim all sports will be shelved, at least through the fall period, with some students thinking even Prom could be affected.
Anthony, a Grade 11 student had just made the senior soccer team and went to school on Thursday expecting to have a 3 p.m. practice. Instead he went to class and found out the season had been cancelled.
"We were devastated because we actually had a really good team," he says. "I'm just amazed. I have no idea...words...nothing."
Nicholas Disapatino, a Grade 12 student, plays rugby and wrestles. He was planning on adding shot put to his sporting calendar in his final year. He's disappointed, but not upset at teachers.
"They did what they felt was right," he says.
Other students from nearby Woodbridge College claim that all fall sports at their school have also been slashed.
"I think it's bogus. I think it's garbage," says Haider Khan, a Grade 12 football player at Woodbridge College. "We've got kids working hard and training hard day in and day out. Now they get put down with this stuff. I don't think it's fair."
He's worried that his shot at post-secondary football might now be in jeopardy with the season lost.
The action comes days after the McGuinty government passed legislation at Queen's Park imposing new contracts on teachers, contracts that include a 2 year wage freeze.