Efforts to Save Teen from Drugs Ends His Football Season

Updated: 10/13/2012 3:32 PM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler

Parents of a high school senior are speaking out in hopes other student-athletes learn from their son's mistakes.

Jonah Westbury has a stack of letters from colleges and universities interested in his academic and football talent. But after several mistakes those institutions are no longer likely interested in offering Westbury any scholarship money.

Westbury experimented with drugs and alcohol several times while attending Chisago Lakes High. His parents became concerned and proactively reached out for help. Additionally, they also turned their son into school authorities as punishment.

However, the family was unaware of the State High School League's three strikes substance abuse policy. Westbury's violations resulted in a 12 athletic contest suspension; the equivalent of the entire football season.

Since Westbury can't play he is no longer as attractive to colleges and universities and no longer expects scholarship offers.

While the emotional toll of not being able to play his senior year is great, Westbury says his parents did the right thing by aggressively forcing him to take responsibility for his actions.

Westbury says he is drug free.