A social media post showing pictures of weightlifting equipment from the old Lebanon High School in a salvage yard has stirred controversy.
Bob Lea with the Blue Devil Football Foundation posted the pictures over the weekend on his Facebook page and parents quickly began to weigh in.
Lea, a graduate of Lebanon High School and former football player, told News 2 he estimates the equipment to be worth approximately $7,000 to $8,000 and calls it a “vulgar display of waste.”
The new Lebanon High School was built four years ago and new weights were purchased for the weight room. The old weights were left behind.
“That’s been a little bit of an issue because in the new school where they got state of the art weights, there weren’t enough weights to work out as many kids as they needed to at one time,” Lea told News 2.
Lea says he was surprised when he recently learned the equipment had been taken to a local salvage yard. He snapped a few photos and posted them on his Facebook page.
According to Lea, the equipment includes six weight trees, five squat racks, six glute and ham machines, one leg press machine and 14 weight bars.
Lea says some of the middle schools, which do not have weights, could have used them.
Wilson County Board of Education Chairman Larry Tomlinson responded to Lea’s Facebook post and said, in part, “The pictures that Mr. Lea has posted are of equipment that was deemed to be unsafe for use in strength and conditioning programs in our schools. Had this not been the case, this equipment would have been taken to the new programs that had just been started at Tuckers Cross Roads and Carroll Oakland.” Read his full statement at the bottom of this story.
News 2 contacted Tomlinson by phone. He also told us the equipment was (continue at WKRN)