Friday, April 10, 2015

Fox 19 Reports Bullying Incident On Baseball Spring Break Trip

This story originally ran on FOX 19 and was first reported by Tricia Macke.


Highlands High School. FTM file. 
FORT THOMAS, KY (FOX19) - At least five Highlands High School student-athletes are under investigation for harassment, sources told FOX19 NOW Thursday.

A parent of one of the kids involved told FOX19 NOW that five baseball players are accused of urinating in a bottle last week while at a baseball tournament in Myrtle Beach, warming it in the microwave and dousing another player with it.

The parent told FOX19 NOW's Tricia Macke that the coach didn't see the incident but boys reportedly took video and pictures on cell phones.


"So there are recordings of a boy on Highlands baseball team being doused with urine?," Macke said.

"Well they were told if they'd taken any that they were to delete it," the parent said, 

"Who told them that?," Macke said 

"The coach, " the parent said.

The parent says the boys were suspended from school and the team for at least three days

FOX19 NOW contacted the school's superintendent, principal and school board members, but they have refused to comment or discuss actions against the boys or the coach.

Sources say the victim has quit the team.

20 comments:

  1. Funny how this wasn't on your twitter or Facebook page, shame on fort thomas matters...dont want to many people knowing. wow.

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    1. I can speak to that. Tricia is an excellent reporter and was able to get an interview that other media outlets, including us, weren't able to get access to.

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    2. Something similar happened to my son 20 years ago.....someone urinated in the brownie batter in homes class. I was appalled and reported to the principal. ....no action taken by them. We ended dropping b\c my son was so embarrassed. But we remember.: (

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    3. I always thought there had to be facts when it came to reporting news. All I have seen is “sources,” which should be singular since it was one person who the reporter spoke to. Based on that, it seems like an opinion is being conveyed as fact by one who is called a reporter. I did not think being dogmatic was a requirement for people in that line of business.

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  2. This is just sensational journalism.

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  3. Look at the 2 comments above. Makes me laugh. They get chastised for not sharing it out and for propagating "sensational journalism." Make up your mind people! FTM ought to think about cutting off Anonymous comments on this one. Could get ugly.

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  4. This is completely hearsay. Who's to say a disgruntled parent didn't make this up, wanting to get the coach fired?

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  5. That's just like the highlands drug bust years ago, they will do whatever it takes to keep things hidden

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    1. I do agree this, unfortunately!

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  6. Three day suspension from school and the team? That's it? I know it's not the crime of the century but if your going to lay down a suspension it shouldn't be treated like a couple of snow days.

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  7. Get the police involved

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  8. Bullying in Fort Thomas..WHAT??!! I don't know why anyone is shocked by this; it's been going on for years and swept under the table to maintain the veneer they want to project

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    1. I think the correct phrase is "swept under the rug," but what do I know being from Ft Thomas...........

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  9. I see the "I'm better than you" mentality of the children in that school has not changed one bit since I graduated in 2009. Everything about almost every student athlete at that school has and will forever disgust me. Terrible self entitled kids, but it's fort Thomas and they play sports so more than likely nothing further will happen and somehow they will end up the victims.

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  10. Wow ! Highlands ??? They seem to want to uphold the perfect imagine but in reality we all know that is pure BS ! Those boys & coach should be banned from the team & all sports ! The police should take action immediately ! 3 days sure is not enough in my eyes. This should not be taken lightly not because it is HIGHLANDS !

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  11. Can we focus on the issue at hand that a child was humiliated in front of their peers instead of focusing on sensational journalism? Wow sometimes money can't buy you class no matter who your parents are..

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  12. Hmm, article says they were suspended "at least 3 days" - might have been more - this is just what the parent said. Also, why would the school want to discuss this with Fox News? It's not just a matter of trying to "sanitize" perceptions of the school - it also protects the victim from exposure. Maybe there HAS been a stronger punishment..... Finally, don't assume that the coach telling them to take the video off of their phones was just to protect Highland's image. If this happened to your kid, would you want everybody in the world to see it on Youtube and Facebook? Bottom line - the people who did this should be suitably punished, but whoever wrote this article is really lame on corroboration and doesn't do the victim any favors. Some of you people sound pretty snarky about Highlands.....

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  13. They should have gotten a longer punishment than that

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  14. It's always a good idea to take a deep breath and wait for the facts of the matter to emerge. One person's side is rarely the whole truth.

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  15. It's funny how people say it's Highlands, they sweep it under the rug, what about the incident at Mcnick or the pot the CovCath baseball player had in his car and nothing happened to. People grow up, this is not bullying, it happens and should have been dealt with on the team and only at the team level. Sounds like an unhappy whiny parent. This has been going on for years and will continue, it is part of sports. It has been blown up to be a much bigger issue than it really is. Please move on and worry about the bigger fish to fry, such as drugs and Murder. I am sure the boy this happened to will be more affected by what his parents have done than the actual act. I feel sorry for him.

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