Skyline teachers outraged after athletes caught stealing

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 22 at 11:03 PM

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DALLAS — New questions are being raised about the possible preferential treatment of student athletes in the Dallas Independent School District.

News 8 has been investigating the possible recruitment of athletes at Kimball High School. Concerns have now emerged about athletes at Skyline High School who were allegedly caught stealing school equipment, then allowed to return to class.

On May 14, three students at Skyline were observed on surveillance video allegedly stealing computer equipment from a classroom.

Campus police were contacted, and the students were made to return the equipment, but no charges were filed.

Two of the students were on the Skyline football team. This Monday, those athletes were back in class.

Sources tell News 8 teachers are furious about the incident.

Walking right into the firestorm Tuesday was new DISD Superintendent Mike Miles. Miles has not even officially taken over as chief of the state's second largest school system, and he said he knew nothing of the Skyline incident when we asked him about it Tuesday morning.

But his philosophy about any alleged special treatment is firm. "Whatever the consequences are for Johnny is the same consequence for Sally, and it doesn't matter if they are an athlete or not," Miles said. "So there's not special treatment for athletes or for coaches — especially if you are breaking the law."

By late Tuesday — and after News 8 began asking questions — DISD officials released this statement:

"DISD Police today arrested students who are alleged to have stolen computers. There is an administrative investigation as to why the suspects were not arrested and charged with the theft last week."

Tuesday's action comes on the heels of a News 8 investigation into allegations that nearly every player on Dallas Kimball's state championship basketball team this spring was improperly recruited from other area schools.

Mike Miles has already called for an internal investigation into the eligibility of Kimball players. Now he must investigate the actions of his employees.

E-mail bshipp@wfaa.com

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