Bad behavior is unacceptable

Students and one parent found a charming way to end the year during a game between Newfound High School and White Mountains Regional High when, during a girls basketball game, some Newfound students – and the one adult – made “inappropriate, demeaning and harassing comments” to a gay player from White Mountains.

What year are we referencing here? It couldn’t have been 2018, could it? Surely we’ve moved beyond demeaning comments about gay people. Haven’t we? Well, many of us have, but clearly there are people up around Briston, where Newfound High is located, who are still living in some other time. Unfortunately, they are not living in some other place.

For many years now, New Hampshire sports officials have been pushing the idea of “positive cheering” during games rather than the good old-fashioned insult screaming that once was too prevalent. For the most part, the positive cheering push has been successful – we cheer for our kids and let the other parents and students cheer for their athletes and nobody says anything stupid.

Except when they do, and last month, some students and one parent, decided that stupid was the way to go.

Of course, Newfound’s principal issued an apology after the principal of White Mountains called him. The day after the call, according to a Union Leader story, the apology letter arrived. Apology accepted, no doubt. But what’s next? Well, again according to the story, there were plans to offer sensitivity training through a Newfound school assembly.

Well, whoop-de-do. Sensitivity training. How does that work, exactly? We fill the school auditorium with students and, perhaps, bring in a sensitivity trainer of some sort to explain why it is insensitive to hurl sexual slurs at people? You mean there are people who don’t know that? Really?

To paraphrase the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, not only can you not legislate common decency, you can’t train people not to act like jerks. Anyone who thinks it’s just fine to hurl slurs of any kind at high school kids during a game clearly has gone far beyond the need for sensitivity training. If nothing else, the students who yelled the slurs should be made to personally apologize and, perhaps, even be suspended. Certainly they should be banned from at least a few school athletic events.

The parent? He’s beyond hope, probably, so just ban him from school events and if he wants to whine about it, let him.

Perhaps he can follow the lead of two fans of the New York Giants who are claiming their First Amendment rights were violated when they were tossed out of Levi Stadium in San Francisco because they were cursing at players and showing them an interesting finger, perhaps one indicative of their IQs.

Anyway, these two charmers were apparently shouting a few choice words at players and they were thrown out by the police. So they’re suing, claiming the whole First Amendment thing.

Oh, and of course they are accusing the police at the stadium of roughing them up, details of which you can find in various tabloid stories if you’re not already bored by the First Amendment claim made by these two clowns.

Forget about the how players might have reacted to what these geniuses were shouting. What about the other fans in the stadium? Don’t they have a right not to listen to objectionable words? Were there any kids near these bozos?

But according to them, their right to be abusive and use street language in a very public place trumps the rights of everyone else.

Kind of like those students and daddy at the Newfound game, wouldn’t you think?

Any chance 2019 will be different? Better? Please?

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