The shocking story that put North Side Independent School District onto the headlines of national television: two John Jay football players who deliberately tackled a referee. Some brush it off, saying it’s not much, and others laugh, making it a comical feature. But for those who truly understand just how grave the situation is, it’s anything but.
For starters, the two boys who somehow thought that it was okay to, honestly, assault, a referee. They had one job to do: to play football, just as how the referee had one just as well: to make sure that the game was being played fairly. There is no excuse for their actions. It’s a simple act of respecting your elders, or even just obeying who clearly has more power on the playing field. But these sensible thoughts evidently never slipped into the students’ minds, regardless of how or why they were provoked, they obviously should’ve thought before taking action.
While all they were concerned with was the plan of attack against the referee, they should’ve remembered just who exactly they were representing. When one is on a school team or a school club or a school anything, and especially when meeting other schools or peoples, one must keep in mind who they stand for. In this case, their actions reflected upon their coach, their school, the whole entreaty of NSISD. Just because of a split lapse in judgment from two people out of thousands, so many more people got hurt other than the referee: their coach, who has lost his job. That man might have kids, a wife, a family to feed, and now he’s back to square one despite him teaching and investing the very two students that got him fired. The school district is under fire now as well, an anticipated lawsuit coming their way; imagine how many people are under stress right at this very moment, wondering how they are going to keep the rest of the other schools in order, in calm, when they can barely keep it together themselves.
Some people, however, side with the boys, as the referee was allegedly spitting out racial slurs. Regardless of how provoked they were, those two should not have done what they did. There were many different ways to handle the situation.
Why lower one’s self to another’s level when one knows that they can do better? Even if they were frustrated or angry or wanted vengeance or revenge, they should’ve controlled themselves. Goodness, even if they were told to do it by their very own coach, as some people say, conscience should’ve kicked in and refused.
All this just goes to show that you must hold yourself to a higher standard. Emotions are temporary, but actions are forever. They will never be erased, and when you finally come down from that emotional high, you’ll be devastated and ask yourself just what exactly have you really done.