In response to Paula’s Pet Peeve prompt.
Sadly, there are more than a few things annoying me today. but the saddest and most depressing is what happened at my granddaughter’s first high school game on Friday night. She went to the football game with a friend of hers. At some point many students, from her own high school, started shouting racial slurs at the other team’s cheerleaders. They then started calling them monkeys and made inappropriate sounds. The cheerleaders were taken off the field, rightly so, by their coach. (He was trying to protect the girls.) They went to the concession stand, and the harassment continued.
My granddaughter is biracial and was feeling more and more uncomfortable in the stands of her own high school. She left with her friend. My daughter asked how the game was, and as a typical teen, my granddaughter just shrugged. The next morning the incident was in the newspaper and on TV for the disgraceful way the students acted. They had a long talk and sadly, my granddaughter is sorry that she is back on campus. I don’t blame her a bit.
Of course, when the local town Facebook group started discussing it, the tRumpers, said it never happened. My daughter checked the Facebook pages of the deniers and without fail, they had pro-tRump crud all over their pages. Fortunately, many other parents stated that they were there, and that it was true how horribly the students had behaved.
Today, the school district sent out a very long text message blast saying that they would look into it, and if it was true, they would take action.
THIS MAKES ME FURIOUS.
Of course it happened. Everyone knows it happened. I think the only reason why they are even speaking about it is because it made the TV news as well as the newspaper. As angry as I am at the students, I am even more incensed at the staff and faculty that were there. They could have, and should have, stopped the behavior immediately.
If the parents of the guilty teens did nothing, then it was incumbent for the faculty to take matters into their own hands.
The students who were repulsed about the event Friday, had a rally this morning to peacefully protest what happened. I am proud of their standing up for what is right.
I am livid at what happened both Friday, and again this morning by the administration. The fact that in this day and age, disguising racial remarks can be shouted at innocent teens without being stopped infuriates me. This is not just a peeve or annoyance, it is a disgrace.