Keller: Let’s send the right message to children

Published 1:16 am Wednesday, August 10, 2022

It looks like we were just talking about graduation and summer vacations, and already another school year is just around the corner.  How time flies!

With the beginning of school, we also welcome another football season. All schools have rules to keep order and teach discipline. Football coaches have goals for their teams and strict training rules for the players. Parents join P.T.A. groups and community members participate in booster clubs to support the football teams.  If you polled all the parents of school-age children, 100% would not favor alcohol in schools or profane language in the classroom.  As the school year and football season begin, let’s all send a positive message to our young people.

To the coaches:  On behalf of the young people of whom you are in charge, please refrain from using profane or vulgar language. Perversion of the tongue crushes the spirit.  To the wise, cursing is neither attractive, nor fitting in any situation.

If a teacher used vulgar or profane language in the classroom, we would be outraged.  The School Boards would not allow such behavior. Parents would demand the persons responsible for such behavior be dismissed as unfit to teach their children.  However, some of these same parents would think nothing of allowing a coach to exhibit the same ugly behavior on the football field.  Remember, it’s still school.

The other parents whom I would like to challenge are the football booster club members.  Don’t you think it’s time you start sending the message to your children that alcohol has no place on school grounds?  There is no reason that meetings cannot be held without alcohol being served.  We definitely don’t want drugs in our schools, yet we allow alcohol to be served on school grounds every week at booster club meetings.

Alcohol is a drug. Yes, it is legal and you have a right to indulge if you so choose, but on school grounds with the idea of promoting excellence in athletics?  Let’s get real!  How hypocritical!  If you want to send a message to your children, I challenge you to take a stand.

To the coaches:  I wish you a successful season!

To those of you who are guilty:  I ask that you correct your behavior.

To the parents:  I encourage you to get involved in your schools.  Join the P.T.A., participle in the booster clubs, but while doing so, let’s send the right message to our children. They are depending on your leadership.


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