MHSA Fines Bigfork High $50 For Medical Waiver Violation

By Beacon Staff

HELENA (AP) – The Montana High School Association has fined Bigfork High School $50 and reprimanded the school for allowing a football player to practice without turning in proof he’d undergone a physical exam required for participation.

Executive Director Mark Beckman said the school reported the violation, and the $50 fine and reprimand are the standard penalties.

Jeffrey Bowman, 17, was participating in football practice without having turned in his physical on Aug. 13 when he collapsed during conditioning drills. He died a week later.

“It is an unfortunate situation and I think a lot of schools are examining those policies to make sure they’re following the proper procedures to assure they not only have physical examination but also to meet all other eligibility requirements,” Beckman said.

Beckman said in the three years that he’s been with the association this is the first reported violation of the medical waiver rule.

Related: Bowman Family: BHS Report an ‘Insult’