September 26, 2005
let him take his chances
I read this story and felt sick to my stomach. Sweet Bejus! Here's a kid with a severe handicap who wants to be all he can be, while a bunch of rule-making nannies won't let him do it. That just plain sucks.
Of course, the authorities have their reasons:
"The officials erred, but they erred on the side of caution," said Bob Goldring, an assistant commissioner with the OHSAA. "They did not want to see him get hurt."
Yeah. They "erred on the side of caution." I suppose that compassionate reasoning makes the error less egregious in some people's minds, but that shit doesn't fly with me. The boy should have been allowed to play. That was HIS DECISION, not some nanny's.
Quinton wants to play football, but Jennifer doesn't want him to do that. She's afraid that he'll get hurt. Well, I suppose that's "erring on the side of caution," too, because if you play football for a while, the question is NOT whether you will get hurt--- it's a question of when and how bad the injury will be.
I personally don't think making my boy a healthy pussy is better than seeing him get his manly ass racked a few times on the football field. Football teaches you to be tough. But that's just me. I am known by the courts to be a violent man, and I have the paperwork to prove it.
The boy in that story has the heart of a lion. He should be allowed to roar.
(Thanks to Peter Przeradzki for the link.)
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