No Place For Bullying in School Sports!

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“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – Coach John Wooden

What are your thoughts on how your school district is handling intimidation, harassment and bullying in regards to school sports and sporting events?

There has been highly negative public reaction to several recent news stories. From Ray Rice to Adrian Peterson to Greg Hardy to Jonathan Dwyer we hear about a culture where aggressive behavior isn’t just contained on the field. It also takes place at home in the form of domestic violence and child abuse, and at school with taunting and hazing.

Now it has occurred here in New Jersey at Sayreville War Memorial High School.  Sayreville has cancelled the remainder of its football season because of allegations of abuse, intimidation and bullying.  All of us want our children to have positive school experiences, and we encourage them to get involved in clubs and sports. We recognize that these involvements can provide our children with a well-rounded education. Sports are supposed to be a way to build character and a sense of teamwork. Harassment and bullying should not be accepted or tolerated at any level.  It’s important that coaches send this clear message, and a message of acceptability and tolerance of each other, to the players before the season begins, as well as during and after the season.

To read more about this topic follow the New York Times and NJ.com articles on Sayreville for acting swiftly to curb bullying.

What do you think of Sayreville’s response?

What can be done about the backlash towards the freshman students that were assaulted?

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2 thoughts on “No Place For Bullying in School Sports!

  1. llfdennis says:

    A timely and thought-provoking blog. What on earth led Sayreville team members to believe that locker room sexual attacks were acceptable as hazing, rather than reprehensible as felonies?

  2. Thank you for your comment! Reminds us all that these are kids and they need to be constantly reminded on what is acceptable behavior and what is not acceptable behavior. And, coaches need to be held accountable for their team’s behavior. This is disturbing behavior on so many levels and cannot be tolerated. Students athletes should have a symposium on intimidation, harassment and bullying as part of their pre-season activities, just like running laps and doing drills.

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