to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
I have been reading and hearing a lot of controversy over the incidents
on the boys basketball bus. I would just like to comment that while this
is absolutely inappropriate behavior, it is just kids being kids and making
very bad decisions. It is always easier to point fingers and place the
blame on someone else. When does this stop reflecting on the coaches and
administration and go back to the parenting? It doesn’t matter how great
the parenting skills are, or morals and values they instill in their children,
they are still going to do stupid things sometimes. They are children.
Should the parents take the blame?
I am pretty sure as parents we all want to think the best of our children;
but it has been my experience that the parents who say “My kid would never
do that” often times have the child that does.
Maybe as a community you should stand behind and support the people
you have chosen to lead your children and respect their rules and reprimands.
Opinions vary, and unless you are in the position of any of the people
directly involved in this situation, you do not know how you would feel,
what you would do or say, or what action you would want taken.
Remember that these are high school students who should not need chaperoning
on a school activity bus. They are not in preschool. It seems that the
coaching staff and other adults who ride the bus should be able to take
the travel time to prepare for the game, catch up on other work, or try
to relax and meditate for the game. The players should be mature enough
not to require a “babysitter” on the bus. Move on and let these individuals
get over what they have done. I have no doubt they feel badly enough without
having to be constantly reminded. This is not the only school to have something
like this take place.
Ultimately we need to remember that young people make bad choices and
we were all young once. It is easy to be influenced by peers, but we all
make our own choices and need to take responsibility for our own actions.
I believe the community needs to move past this issue and try to focus
on the great things your sports teams are accomplishing, and encourage
the coaches and administration who are doing a wonderful job to keep up
the good work.
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