Will Schubert ’15
Brophy administration decided to remove the shooting team from its list of school-sponsored teams this year.
“Essentially we found it difficult because the activity involves kids and guns,” said principal Mr. Bob Ryan. “That statement ‘kids and guns’ is something that raises peoples’ sensitivity, it causes people to have strong reactions one way or the other.”
The move comes as administrators shift all club sports teams such as lacrosse and crew under the supervision of the athletic director rather than parent boards. The athletic office will oversee hiring coaches, ordering uniforms, and making budgets.
The shooting club was the newest club sport and administration did not feel like they could fully stand behind it.
“Moving forward, Brophy sports are either going to operate within the framework within the school or we’re not going to have them,” Mr. Ryan said.
Many Brophy shooters were saddened and confused by this decision considering they had such a successful season last year.
“It was great while it lasted, but every good thing has to come to an end,” said former shooting club member Dennis Healey ’15.
Mr. Ryan said he also wants to remind shooters that they did nothing wrong and that Brophy will continue to praise the successes of shooters.
“The kids who were involved in the program were great kids, the parents involved were great people, the club was run well they had a great ethic to them, there was no precipitating incidence that caused this,” Mr. Ryan said.