JCPS to continue athletic postgame handshakes

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – After the governing body of Kentucky high school athletics told its member schools not to conduct postgame handshakes, the Jefferson County Public Schools says its schools will continue the practice.

Commissioner Julian Tackett of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association issued the directive to all member schools on October 8 saying there had been more than two dozen physical confrontations during postgame handshakes over the past three years.

The KHSAA said schools can choose to ignore the order and conduct handshakes, but the schools must supervise the activity and any incidents must be reported to the association.

In a statement e-mailed to principals and athletic directors, JCPS said there have been no major problems during postgame handshakes at athletic contest and "JCPS will continue to honor the tradition of shaking hands after events."

To read the JCPS statement, click here.

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