Not everyone should be on team wrote:
Tells me the kid should not have been there in the first place. This is a symptom of letting everybody participate. I can see the school getting sued for not having proper supervision for disabled kids participating in sports.
My friend's kid has autism has gotten lost on a few courses his first year and is in the top 7 of his team this year. The problem is not with supervision, problem is with rules in races. The kid has a paid assistant that runs with him in practices, but that assistant is not allowed to run with them in races.
The parent's knows the risk and is at the meet and the coach's are prepared to send out the search party if he makes a wrong turn.
And I have seen kids not with autism get lost out on courses (one kid was a mile out on a wrong trail) and I have seen pros miss turns in major races. It happens, only issue here is the fact kid was non verbal and some dude overreacted and should be punished for causing harm.