Parents have done it before. Lied about where they live so their children can attend a specific school. They use the addresses of friends or relatives in order to fool school districts with boundary rules.
But one Tennessee mom busted her own sons when she scolded them about messy rooms using – get this – Facebook.
As Cameron Smith reports on Prep Rally, a Yahoo sports blog, Rodney Belasic and his brother Ryan Belasic transferred to Perry County High from Henry Country High, where they spent the earlier seasons of their high school football careers.
But, after mom posted on Facebook that transfer has been rejected. That’s because Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association officials learned that the Belasic family does not reside in Perry County, a prerequisite for eligibility.
The Belasic brothers’ mother scolded her sons on Faceboook after they left messy rooms when heading back to school in Perry County for the week. Here’s how TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress explained the situation:
“But the mother actually works in Henry County, and she posted on her Facebook page that she sent the kids back to Perry County for the week and that she would not see them again until Friday night,” Childress said. “Then, later on her Facebook page, she posted, ‘How can two boys mess up their room as badly as they do when they’re only here on Saturday and Sunday?'”
That comment tipped the TSSAA off to the Belasics’ dual residence. They investigated and learned the boys’ mother lived and worked in Henry County while the boys attended high school in Perry County.
It was ruled that the boys can’t transfer to a new school until after their mother moves too. Now the two offensive lineman are ineligible to play for Perry County. Not only that, but Perry County’s three opening season victories have been wiped from its record although, according to the Tennessean, the Perry County players will also be able to keep the statistics they accumulated in those three victories despite the fact that they won’t count on the team’s official won-lost record.
Still, as Cameron Smith reports, “those personal records will be little solace for a team that likely would have been 5-0 and well on its way to one of the top postseason seeds in Tennessee’s smallest division, Class 1A, if not for one mother who resorted to social networking to scold her sloppy teenage sons.”
Busted by Facebook again! When will people learn?