The Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn. has sent an angry letter to Laguna Beach school board members criticizing them for a "double standard" on drugs.
The letter said the board's decision to allow Laguna Beach High School football coach Cedrick Hardman to continue to coach on a volunteer basis after being charged with possession of cocaine and resisting arrest "developed a double standard that will create real problems."
"What's going to happen the next time a student is found in possession of illegal drugs?" the letter asked. "What happens if another teacher is caught with illegal drugs? It appears that a winning season is more important to you than your prior stand against drugs. What happened to 'Say no to drugs?' "
A Municipal Court judge agreed last month to dismiss the felony charges against Hardman if he successfully completes a six-month drug rehabilitation program. The school board then voted to allow Hardman to coach during practices as a volunteer. It also approved giving back his job if he completes the drug program and the charges are resolved.