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The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is in the news for their proposed ban on booing at high school sporting events.
I have yet to see what their reasoning is behind this, but I’m not sure it really matters. It’s asinine. Booing is as much of the sporting event experience as is cheering. If you ban one, you have to ban the other. And no, I’m not kidding. This is all part of the “home court advantage”, so…no booing or cheering. Welcome to the world of silent sporting events! Course, then comes the question if booing falls under “freedom of speech”. True, you can’t yell “fire!” in a movie theater, but will the WIAA try to apply the same thought process to the booing?
It appears to me to be clear this can’t stand, but then you have to ask yourself why it was even proposed? Are we now going to try so hard to insulate children from negativity, we will ban an act as old as competition itself? Are we so much wiser in the 21st century Unites States of America, are we so egotistical, as to believe that something that happened at chariot races in ancient times is now in poor taste? Detrimental to a child’s sense of well being? And what happens when this child gets up to the college level of athletics and there is suddenly *gasp* booing?!? Oh the horrors! We’ll have to ban it there too as the, now an adult, was not prepared for the shock of hearing something other than cheers.
Really folks…are we this far gone down the “busy body” road as to we are down to booing?