Nichole Hannahs

Parents Fight to Reinstate their Children

by Nichole Hannahs on September 16, 2011 at 4:11 am

The parents of two suspended Blue Devil Football players are fighting to reinstate their children in time for the game Friday evening against Youngstown Ursuline.

The boys lawyer Herb Baker tells WHIZ that the parents of Lucas Howard and Josh Manini believe their sons should be able to take the field because they didn’t fully understand what they were signing when they entered into Zanesville’s Code of Conduct policy and it wasn’t posted for them to review.

The suspensions stem from a party occurring at the Howard household on July 15, one that resulted in the death of Zanesville incoming freshman 14-year-old Grant Hickman.

Earlier this week RetiredJudge Linton Lewis assigned to the case ordered Zanesville City Schools to discontinue the suspensions for both Manini and Howard because the players and their families didn’t have a chance to fully understand the policy.

As it stands, the players will be allowed to compete Friday evening.

Two other players were suspended for their involvement in the incident and have served their time.

Currently, the school is appealing the ruling that the players should be reinstated, a process that started at 10am and has yet to be resolved.

A source close to the case said the school expects a decision before game time but Baker said he doesn’t expect a ruling Friday.

WHIZ contacted Zanesville Superintendent Terry Martin and Coordinator of Operations and Student Services Kevin Appleman, who referred all questions to the school districts lawyer.