Powell Valley baseball player urinates on field during national anthem

Rain Smith • May 12, 2010 at 3:11 AM

A Powell Valley High School baseball player recently exposed himself during the playing of the national anthem, urinating on the infield.

Wise County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Perry has confirmed the incident, stating the player was disciplined both within the school and the athletic department.

"I can't really talk to you about a student matter," Perry said. "Anytime we deal out disciplinary pieces, we don't reveal that kind of information."

The incident occurred at Powell Valley's April 30 varsity baseball game in Big Stone Gap. The Vikings were hosting Pound at Buster Taylor Field.

Perry said he was not sure if the American flag was raised in the outfield with players' backs to the stands, "but many members of the audience did not see this."

"I won't say it was discreet, because (something like this) can never be discreet."

Perry, citing protection of the student's identity, declined to confirm or deny if the child's parent works for Powell Valley High School, or elsewhere in the school system.

"Regardless if this particular child is the son or daughter of any staff member, any administrator, anyone affiliated with the school, that will not influence our decision," Perry said. "Our influences are based in the act itself, the acknowledgment of the act by that particular child, and the past history of that child."

The student, who was allegedly dared to the act, has a clean record up to this point, according to Perry.

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