Ethics Complaint Alleges Misuse of Football Players

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The Liberty School District is in the middle of an ethics complaint filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission. The complaint alleges freshman football players were required to hand out campaign material in support of a levy increase instead of practice.

The levy increase will be on next month's ballot.

Troy Bell filed the ethic complaint against the school district. He claims the district violated Missouri law when the football allegedly required players to attend a service project on Saturday, Oct 1, in place of practice.

"I don't fault him for his enthusiasm or the team for helping with that," said Liberty High School Superintendent Mike Brewer. "I looked at it right away and said, 'Hey, we shouldn't do this,' so we stopped any activity like that right away."

But that's not good enough for Bell.

"They get slapped on the hand, but nothing ever happens," he said.

Brewer said he understands the community is passionate over the levy issue. If approved by voters in Liberty and parts of Kansas City in November, it would increase the tax levy by 43 cents - a $6.81 per month on a $100,000 home.

"You want to allow kids to participate in the democratic process, but yet you don't want to be seen as using them to an unfair advantage," Brewer said.

Bell thinks the kids were unfairly used.

"I hope they come in and straighten out the people in the school district who are using the kids," he said.

The school district expects to receive the complaint soon. Brewer said they had expected it and have already addressed the problem.

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