Last Friday night, Aledo high school football team demolished Fort Worth Western Hills 91-0, extending their season record to a perfect 7-0.
In four of their district games against Fort Worth area schools, the Aledo Bearcats have outscored their opponents by an average of 77 points per game. So despite Aledo’s dominance in the religion of Texas high school football, what happened against the Western Hills Cougars is clearly a case of bullying, right? RIGHT? That’s apparently how a parent of a Western Hills player felt.
Shortly after the game, a bullying complaint was filed against Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan and his coaching staff by the anonymous parent.
By law, Aledo’s Principal is required to investigate the allegation. Thanks to my colleagues at CBS 11, I read a copy of the official bullying complaint filed … or as I like to call it … key evidence in bad parenting.
After filling out the bullying questionnaire, the unnamed parent goes on a grammatical monologue about the ride home after the game:
“My son plays for Western Hills football team. On Friday night we all witnessed bullying firsthand, it is not a pretty sight. Picking up my son from the field house after the game and taking him home was tough. I did not know what to say on the ride home to explain the behavior of the Aledo coaches for not easing up when the game was in hand.”
As a former fat kid that was bullied for years, I truly empathize with kids that take verbal and physical jabs from fellow students. It’s a difficult life lesson that too many kids aren’t able to overcome and unfortunately leads them down a road of depression, isolation and sometimes suicide. However, I am also a father of three young children. I have already made great strides in self-education and awareness in order to combat all obstacles they may face and to teach them the good and bad side of humanity … which leads me back to the word “bullying” and the Western Hills parent that admits they did not know what to say.
A lack of vocabulary when one is forced to abruptly address their child that ended up on the wrong-side of a lopsided game is not an excuse to declare, “Ahh f**k it! You were bullied!” might I offer a small suggestion to the man or woman behind the complaint.
The next time your baby boy faces a challenge that diminishes his self-pride, character or spirit, please be better prepared to offer words of encouragement faster than the time it took you to open a Word document and a Gmail account.
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