Talk about strict!
Officials at Omaha, Nebraska’s Creighton Prep were horrified to learn learned that about fifty members of the school’s football team had planned an ethically offensive scavenger hunt that included “a group photo with a topless chick,” “a pic with a fat chick,” “steal a yarmulke from a Jewish synagogue” and “get into a yelling fight with a stranger in public,”along with more harmless challenges.
In fact, the players, divided into groups, lost their nerve. Administrators learned that the players vetoed the most objectionable activities in favor of those that were harmless and silly.
“I’m disappointed in their plan because their plan is inconsistent with the mission of their school,” said Rev. Thomas Merkel, president of the all-boys Catholic school. “I’m proud of the fact that they didn’t follow through on their plan.” Not too proud, though: the students involved received in-school suspensions and were barred from extracurricular activities, including football practice. None of the students were expelled.
The hunt came to the school’s attention when one of the scavenger teams lost its list, which was subsequently found by a student who turned it in to the brass. The administrators determined that the plan “promoted hazing, exploitation of women, theft and other conduct unbecoming of a Creighton Prep student.”
None of which, apparently, the students actually did.
Your Ethics Quiz Question: Is it fair and appropriate to punish the football team members for including offensive tasks on the list, even if none of them were actually performed?
I know this is a Catholic prep school, but come on: the boys made the right decision, didn’t they? It seems to me that they are being punished for having unfulfilled unethical thoughts, despite the fact that they ultimately rejected them. Was making out a list including unethical acts unethical? Was it unethical to consider doing any of them?
Nonsense. It would have been unethical to do them, which they did not. The school administrators should pat themselves on the back for properly installing their charges’ ethics alarms, and shake each of the boys’ hands for coming to the right decision.
Punishing the boys is unethical; what the boys did was not.