As I See It
Barbara France, Managing Editor
I had every intention of going to the Lassen versus Chico game in Chico on Friday, Sept. 2.
It was a gorgeous day and I actually could take the time away from the news desk and go. But, health issues and the anticipation of a winding road changed my plans at the last minute.
In retrospect, I wish I had gone to the game so I would have seen firsthand what occurred between the Lassen High School parents and students.
I guess the sum of it all is loud, cheering students were too much for the serious, football-watching parents and not only were words tossed back and forth, but a container of bow-tie pasta was thrown at the students.
Of course it is a classic case of he said, she said. Some students say they were not rude and were only cheering on their team.
Some parents insist no pasta was thrown, but the evidence was there.
I do know the administration had to ask a parent to leave because of his foul words.
As one school employee said, “It was not Lassen High School’s finest hour.”
The Grizzlies lost by one point, but what did the school lose? Its pride?
Like I told my daughter, who of course was at the game, some students may have been disrespectful to the adults and there is no excuse for that.
But, there is also no excuse for the adults to lower themselves to childish behavior.
When I was in high school, we had a student section so we could cheer loudly and often.
Of course, we really didn’t watch the game. We were there as moral support even when our team wasn’t doing so well.
I am glad the school administration decided the students should continue to attend the away games.
Somehow, the students will have their own section.
What concerns me is the attitude of the adults.
Is it really necessary to be rude to the students even if they were rude first?
I know I can get pretty hotheaded, but I hope I would have wanted to eat the pasta I brought and not cussed at the students.
I hope I would have found a teacher or administrator to handle the unruly students.
It has gotten to the point that athletic games are not fun anymore.
Fights on fields, parents rushing at umps and riots in parking lots seem to be the norm.
My favorite football team is playing the Raiders this year in Oakland, but we not-so-jokingly say we can’t go to the game out of fear.
What would happen if we did wear blue and orange?
People say Raider fans are nuts and the fans seem to thrive on that fact.
Then there are the fanatical actions at Little League games, youth soccer games and now at Lassen High football games.
None of it is necessary.
I could probably be stoned for saying it is just a football game, but isn’t it?
Let’s think of it this way: Parents, it is not uncommon for us to embarrass our teenagers.
We often wear the wrong clothes in public, or have a strange hairstyle.
That’s normal. It’s not normal to embarrass our teens because we got in a food fight or word tussle with their friends.
This Friday is the first home game.
I hope Grizzly fans wear their purple and gold and leave the pasta at home!
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