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October 22, 2013

Panty-WaistParents Seek To Declare Having A Superior Athletic Team To Be A Form Of Bullying

Is it any surprise, though, that the latest fad in protecting kids would lead to an effort to emasculate competition?

The parent of a North Texas high school football player has filed a bullying complaint against a rival team's coaching staff after a 91-0 loss.

The undefeated Aledo Bearcats have made a habit of soundly defeating their opponents this season. After seven games, the team is outscoring the opposition 485-47.

A Western Hills High School parent filed the bullying complaint after Bearcats defeated the Fort Worth school 91-0 on Friday.

"Never; I've never heard of a bullying report in a football game," Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said Monday.

Buchanan said he started substituting players in the first quarter. He also said the game clock ran continuously starting toward the end of the third quarter.

Apparently the failure of the Aledo coaches to order their players -- second and third stringers, not starters -- to lie down on the field and allow Western Hills team to score unimpeded somehow constitutes bullying. This is a far cry from the old notion that taking a defeat -- even a rout -- like a man constitutes a character-building experience.

Seems to me that the parents of at least one Western Hills High School student are lacking in character -- and want to make sure that their son (not to mention his teammates) is every bit the sort of flaming pansy that they are.

And apparently when they read the Kurt Vonnegut short story "Harrison Bergeron" (full story here), they didn't recognize that it was a satire critical of folks like them who are threatened by those who have natural gifts and strive for excellence.





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The problem with this new craze about bullying is who gets to decide what is bullying. Certainly any reasonable person can identify bullying when they see it but what then? It appears to me that what the anti-bullying movement is all about is revenge and that revenge seems to come in the form of "bullying". So what exactly is the appropriate punishment for a bully when the target of the bullying commits suicide? Jail? What if the exact same bullying happens and the target commits mass murder (Aurora Co.)? Hmmm! Not so black and white. What is the appropriate punishment if the target of the bullying grows up to be strong, honest, an Eagle Scout and all around good person? Should the bullyier be rewarded for pushing the bullyied to excel? What should be the punishment if the person who claims to have been bullied lied about it. Can the non-bullyier then bully them for payback? As any parent knows kids fight, they instigate and they bully. But also every parent knows that it isn't always the bigger or older kid or even the one caught bullying that is at fault. How do we decide who is wrong and what the punishment should be?

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, October 23, 2013 11:32 AM ||

Has anybody addressed the question of the losing team's coach and players? Why did they play so abysmally poorly? That should be the focus of the ire of the parents, unless the team came down with a sudden bout of the flu (I've seen that happen).

As for the other coach, how do you send in your third-string players, always spending more time on the bench, and tell them that they shouldn't play to the best of their abilities?

|| Posted by Darkwater, October 31, 2013 07:11 AM ||
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