Sunday, April 29, 2007

He probably started it

When I was a kid the football coaches in junior high and high school were violent bullies. Everyone I came across. Without exception. Human garbage.

When I was in the 9th grade one of the kids hit our PE teacher (a football coach) in the locker room. Hit him hard, knocked him down. This was in Sinton, Texas and the kids daddy owned the local Chevy dealership plus was an elected member of the school board. So he got a 3 day suspension and a class schedule change so he had a different PE teacher the rest of the year. What had happened was the coach was talking and the kid had been walking away, and the coach grabbed him by the arm, jerked him around, and yelled in has face, "Don't you walk away from me when I'm talking".

My first job had been in a kitchen where the head line cook had quit school at 14 because he was a Mexican who hit an anglo football coach during PE, so the kid just ran off and never bothered to go back. He knew he was going to be expelled. In his case the coach had shoved him pretty hard before he hit back.

Times sure have changed. Now when you respond to some nutcase football coach trying to manhandle you the result is a little prison time for you, leaving the football coach free to prey on other defenseless boys. Some of those guys are worse than Catholic Priests.
GRAPEVINE — A 15-year-old high school football player faces a felony assault charge after being accused of punching his coach in the face during practice.

The Grapevine High School freshman, whose name wasn't released, left a small cut under assistant coach Aaron Clark's eye after hitting him Thursday, police said.

The student had been quarreling with a teammate when he punched Clark after the coach tried breaking up the fight, Grapevine police Sgt. Todd Dearing said.

The teenager was arrested and faces a felony charge of delinquent conduct/assault on a public servant, Dearing said.

Clark, who returned to school the next day, declined comment through a Grapevine-Colleyville school district spokeswoman.

Grapevine is about 25 miles northwest of Dallas.

The story doesn't say the coach tried to manhandle the kid. But, trust me, he did.

Two students were involved in a quarrel. Then it's not a quarrel, it's a fight. Which is it? According to the story it wasn't a fight until the coach interseded.

Am I reading between the lines?

Yes, I am. But I've seen those lines before, I know what the story between them has been when I've seen them.

We really don't need to have the police involved in every damn conflict. Especially when the police job is to just support the official version of the story.


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