State Representative John King has pre-filed a proposal that would amend the state Constitution that would require students that participate in school-sponsored athletics be administered an electrocardiogram and a test to determine if the student has sickle-cell anemia or carries the sickle-cell trait. The Rock Hill Democrat says he wants to make sure students are healthy enough for athletic competition.
“We need to make sure that athletes are examined thoroughly before they entertain us, because we want to make sure that they are healthy. So that they can grow into young adults and live a prosperous life,” says King.
King says he has seen first-hand the devastation of a family that has had a youngster die in the prime of youth because a health defect went undetected.
“I’m a funeral director and I’ve experienced, as a funeral director, death of an athlete that we’ve had to funeralize. And that’s one too many in this state. Do we weigh the cost of someone’s life over a dollar? I think we need to look at what best benefits the people of South Carolina,” says King.
King says his bill has been filed previously and was close to being voted out of the House. He thinks with 19 new members will improve the odds that the bill will make it out of the House during the coming session.