I just wanted to write a note, as a concerned parent.
On a recent Friday night, my 6-year-old boy was playing football at halftime of the game at Woodbury High School. Suddenly, the majority of the student section began booing and many of the little boys from the field were turning to see why all the cheering had turned negative.
We realized a girl from Park High School, wearing her Park sweatshirt, had walked up into the section. The students from Woodbury were booing, yelling and throwing pop cans and garbage at her.
I was horrified that my other three children and the children of our supportive friends, whom we had invited, were witness to this poor sportsmanship.
We heard a young student yell, “At least Woodbury has class.” Another yelled, “Show some respect for Woodbury.”
Sadly, these students don't know what my 10-year-old noticed. She said, “Mom, there is nothing classy about throwing garbage at a girl.”
Also unfortunate—they are not aware that to receive respect, they should first give respect.
Most disturbing was an ROTC student, one of four on the field, who reached down, picked up some garbage and also threw it at the young girl. Such a shame that my 3-year-old boy, who always is excited when he recognizes a "soldier uniform," witnessed this behavior.
The police escorted the girl safely out of the stands.
My hope is that these Woodbury students felt remorse and realize that there are young children watching them. It would be appreciated if they set a good example. At least when all of the young junior athletes are present!