Parents, players, and supporters of the Topsail High School baseball team packed the Pender County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.
Those in attendance were looking for answers why the team was forced to forfeit 16 games for using an ineligible player.
Pender County Schools has only said it was a North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules violation concerning student requirements for interscholastic athletic participation.
“We want to know why Alex Postma was put on the roster,” said Topsail baseball supporter Sean Nolan. “He was cleared in February, and then two days before the state playoffs was not eligible. What could have happened there? Nothing has been explained.”
Pirate players continue to stand behind their teammate. Postma is a special needs student who suffers from severe depression and anxiety.
“Where is the compassion here?” said Nolan. “The administration couldn’t wait to go tell those kids their season was over. Didn’t even consider what would happen to that kid if he had done something to himself. This goes way beyond leadership. This isn’t an administration that should still be here.”
While declining to speak about the subject, Superintendent Dr. Steven Hill did have one thing to tell those in attendance.
“The investigation isn’t over,” said Hill. “Only the investigation if we could appeal was released. The investigation is ongoing.”
When asked how long the investigation will take, Hill wouldn’t give a timetable, saying he wanted to make sure he could get to the bottom of the issue.
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