Letter: Fairness and compassion have higher priorities in East High case

Published: Saturday, Oct. 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

East High School football team players say a prayer of thanks after hearing that the UHSAA ruled that East High can compete in the playoffs at East High School in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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When the Utah High School Activities Association voted to vacate East High's 2012 football season on such a small administrative discrepancy, it was the greatest travesty in high school sports history. Using Timpview circumstances as a model is beyond logic. Timpview got to play all their games and experienced the joy. Now taking away their titles has no consequences. The players are laughing at this type of discipline.

Using Highland High residents to influence the committee is wrong. He should have rescued himself. East High's 100 plus players deserve the right to play; then take away all their games and trophies — as they did with Timpview.

Fairness and compassion have higher priorities over vengeance and revenge.

T.G. Mahas

Salt Lake City

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