Why Have Them At All?

In one of the most ignorant decisions I've ever heard of, a South Carolina high school will no longer allow any attendance at both boys and girls varsity sporting events. Due to fighting in the parking lot and surrounding neighborhoods following games only players, coaches, other game personnel, school administrators, police and media will be allowed to attend the games. If there is that little control of students behavior then perhaps all extra curricular sports at the school should be indefinitely suspended. Maybe all extra curriculars should be discontinued period, at least till the kids start acting like human beings, the adults figure out how to get control of the situation, or a set of normal children move up into the high school grades. Now, I wonder why the jails are full.
     Posted By: patty - Thu Jan 28, 2010

of all the stupid,ridiculous bs! once again sports is being treated like a necessity. it is not! it is a privlige and one the school should take away. now if the parents refused to vote in a levy a couple of times the school would be threatening to discontinue sports to adjust the voter's behavior.
unf-ingbelievable! 😕
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/28/10 at 07:21 PM
Oh, gasp! Teenagers fighting!?! What has the world become that such violence can be exhibited by the youth of today! You know, I'll bet it's those video games!?!

We didn't have that devil's spawn when I was a kid so a few fist fights on game night were just treated like just a couple of fist fights on game night. Those were unenlightened times.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/29/10 at 01:43 AM
I don't see anything in the article about kids being the cause of violence, and I notice that parents aren't included in the list of permitted attendees. Coincidence?
Posted by jswolf19 in Japan on 01/29/10 at 05:03 AM
good point js, even if it is the parents i still stand by my opinion. the thing missing today is consequences that mean something. most troublemakers are not afraid of the revolving door criminal justice system. any punishment the schools try to hand down is litigated by parents(sometimes justifiably with the zero tolerance bs, now there's knee jerk for ya) and if the parents paddle their child, the schools have taught them to call 911 because it's abuse.(and i'm not refering to real child abuse here, but normal corporal punishment) expat, when we were kids and a fight broke out, the adults broke it up and maybe someone got a detention. now the police are called and the kids get a record for kid behavior which then gives them the idea that getting in trouble with the law is no big deal. beside, on the whole school/sports thing, maybe we should do away with extra curriculars (especially sports) until the kids start graduating with the ability to read and write. wasn't that the point? the above problem sounds like a smaller version of the riots that have taken place after championship wins is some cities lately. i'd hate for that to become more the rule than the exeption on all levels. that is truely animalistic behavior.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/29/10 at 07:45 AM
Some while back, here in Georgia, they passed a law saying that kids couldn't take part in extracurriculars unless they maintained at least a C average. That was fine and all for the chess club, but oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth from all sides as parents, coaches and illiterate NFL wannabes realized this meant that meant football too - even cheerleaders. Guess what? After about one season of coach trying to intimidate the English teacher into giving a passing grade, everything settled down, and while we in Georgia are proud as can be of our education being worse than almost anybody else's, even here, there's a good chance that the high school linebacker can read and write.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 01/29/10 at 09:11 AM
the way it's worded, i thought it was more than just the games with their main rival.

"Seneca Police Chief John Covington says he supports the decision because disturbances and violence have recently been spilling into the parking lot and neighborhoods after games."

that sounds more like a continuing problem, i mean you only play the same school a couple of times in a season. that's why i took it to mean more than just the double header. sorry folks, my bad. :red:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/29/10 at 02:05 PM
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