But an incident in Texas over the weekend proves that even the highly competitive world of high school football isn’t immune to this new age of parenting.
According to Yahoo Sports, an unidentified Western Hills parent filed an official bullying report on Saturday against Aledo High School’s football team just hours after they defeated Western Hills by the whopping margin of 91-0. Despite the absurdity of the accusation, Texas regulations require all bullying charges to be fully investigated with a written report to follow. And no, the official box score doesn’t count.
Now, the Aledo High football team’s coach is worried about winning by too wide a margin. “I’m upset about it,” Aledo coach Tim Buchanan told the Star-Telegram. “I don’t like it. I sit there the whole third and fourth quarter and try to think how I can keep us from scoring.”
Yes, facing a score of 91-0 is a bit over-the-top, but claiming it amounts to bullying seems to take things too far. Western Hills could have simply walked off the field and forfeited the match. If you’re being bullied on the playground, you don’t ask for additional periods of recess.
Or maybe football just isn’t your school’s best sport? Instead of complaining, why not put more of an influence on academics or the arts? Or did Texas cut those activities out of their budget?