Now That Is One Cool Principal

June 7, 2007 – 12:48 am by Ryan Phillips

Just when we thought high schools had forgotten the importance that athletics play in the every day lives of their students, we read a story like this.

The former principal of Northwestern High School near Miami (home of the fighting Bulls), was indicted Wednesday on charges that he failed to report on-campus sex crimes in order to protect a star running back who eventually led his team to a state title. Dwight Bernard, turned himself in after the indictment was released, and was taken to Miami-Dade County Jail.

The incident happened last September, when Antwain Easterling, an 18-year-old senior football player, allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old freshman on the floor of a school bathroom. Classy Antwain, classy. The sex was described as consensual, but because of the students’ ages, is considered a crime under Florida law. The indictment claims Bernard was told of the incident by other school employees about a month later and was informed that it needed to be reported. It wasn’t. The grand jury report claims that he failed to report the incident (as well as another one) because he feared it would negatively impact the school’s top-ranked football team. Bernard was removed as the school’s principal in March.

All told, 21 school employees were aware of the incident and the police became aware of it only after the girl’s mother encountered an officer in December at a coffee shop. The school district never disciplined Easterling. He was then arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious battery, but entered a pretrial program that will wipe his record clean. Easterling has committed to play football at Southern Miss. Shockingly, the guy had an offer from “The U” and did not take it. I guess maybe they are trying to clean things up over the-hahaha, OK I can’t say that with a straight face.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Now That Is One Cool Principal”

  2. Funny, he also got an offer from UF. The same UF that’s had…how many arrests this offseason? I’ve kind of lost track.

    People always have something to say about The U, but it’s amazing how Miami players have been noticeably absent from police blotters recently. Not one offseason incident has placed the program on EDSBS’ Fulmer Cup Leaderboard. I wonder if anyone can name the last 5 Hurricanes to be arrested…hmm…

    By Gangsta D on Jun 7, 2007

  3. I love how you ask for credit because Miami hasn’t had anyone arrested this offseason. And the fact that I can name any current Miami or former Miami players who have been arrested is the problem. Willie Williams, Sean Taylor, Antrel Rolle, Najeh Davenport, Mike Rumph oh and the entire team for the FIU brawl. Yeah I’d say they earned their reputation.

    By Phillips on Jun 7, 2007

  4. Not looking for credit. Just stating facts.

    My comments were written to reflect in-school behavior, but if you wanna look at the alma maters of NFL players who have been arrested, we can certainly go there. But I fear you may be too lazy to do the necessary research. It’s much easier to repeat out of date talking points that hold no bearing to reality. If research were done, you might see quite a few colleges on that list.

    Also, I don’t believe the entire team was arrested for the FIU brawl. Hyperbole is fine when trying to be funny, but it just makes you look silly when you’re trying to make a point.

    My point is simply that the Hurricanes of the past 10 years are not the ‘Canes of the past. In the past several years UT, FSU, and UF have had more off the field issues than Miami, yet their names aren’t greeted with derision. I just find that interesting.

    By Gangsta D on Jun 7, 2007

  5. Didn’t say they were arrested for the brawl, just meant they were involved. And yeah, things have improved there, I’ll give you that. But it couldn’t have gotten much worse could it?

    By Phillips on Jun 7, 2007

  6. Nice effort to try to backpedal.

    Saying that “things could not have gotten much worse” is a weak attempt to diminish the point that you had to concede–that things have improved tremendously at UM, to the point where there really aren’t arrest/law enforcement matters involving UM student-athletes anymore.

    Being about to pull that off in a big city like Miami, instead of in a cow-town where the police and media all are fans of the team and sweep a lot under the rug, is noteworthy in a way that exceeds your efforts to diminish it.

    By Anonymous on Jun 15, 2007

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