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Don’t be a bully

Parent’s complaint after Aledo’s 91-0 victory puts Texas high school football under national scrutiny

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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 8:53 pm, Wed Nov 6, 2013.

The spotlight increasingly thrust on school bullying spilled onto the gridiron, hallowed ground in Texas.

Aledo’s 91-0 victory over Fort Worth Western Hills last Friday prompted one Western Hills parent to file a bullying complaint against the Aledo coaching staff.

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      • wilcfry posted at 1:54 pm on Fri, Oct 25, 2013.

        wilcfry Posts: 92

        In my experience (played football and other competitive sports, worked as sports journalist for a small-town paper), the biggest concern over a blowout like this is kids getting hurt. There are often wilder plays, less concern for safety as the game goes on. When the contest is no longer in doubt, less experienced players are on the field, which often leads to unnecessary injury.

        I've often pushed for the implementation of a "mercy rule" (which some levels of football now have, in some states), where the game ends once the score disparity reaches a certain point.

        Bullying, while a real concern, isn't relevant to this issue. There should be a penalty for misusing the bully-reporting system, as this parent clearly did.

         
      • Bubba posted at 12:06 pm on Fri, Oct 25, 2013.

        Bubba Posts: 602

        some parents need to get over themselves.