If you haven’t heard about Aledo High School’s 91-0 beat down of Fort Worth Western Hills in a Texas high school football game, where have you been?
The Bearcats led 56-0 at the half and despite putting in second- and third-string players, fair catching every punt and running the ball, they still ended up scoring nearly 100 points.
Despite their efforts, one parent on the Western Hills side thought that wasn’t enough. In the week following the game, he filed a bullying report with the Aledo ISD.
While the 91-0 score is completely lopsided and getting beat like that is absolutely no fun, blowouts in any sport aren’t and shouldn’t be classified as bullying.
First off, bullying is a serious problem and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Unfortunately, the news is often filled with stories about teenagers taking their own lives because of bullying. In that respect, comparing that bullying to claims of bullying in a sports game is not well thought out and definitely not correct. It’s not fun, but it’s not like having someone say that “You’re worthless” or “Go die.” You have to keep that perspective.
Also, Aledo was trying all that they could not to run up the score. They put their backups in and to be honest, it’s hard to tell guys that work their hardest in practice to slow up and not play so hard when they finally get to see the field in a live game. They also fair caught every punt after returning one for a touchdown and getting another long return.
They also ran the ball a lot. Quarterback Luke Bishop only threw nine passes, two of which were touchdowns. Every other play was a running play. And from watching some of the highlights of the game, when Aledo ran the ball, there was a defender near him with a chance to make a play. That’s not on Aledo; that’s on Western Hills not being able to defend very well.
And finally, even Western Hills’ head coach said he didn’t think it was bullying. That should just about wrap that all up. If the losing coach is able to say it isn’t bullying, than I don’t think anyone else has the right to call it bullying.
Unfortunately, this whole thing came to light because one parent thought it was okay to step into a place where there was no need to. Instead of focusing on bullying on the field or on the court, we should be looking at it, and stopping it, in the classroom, hallways and online, where it does real, sad damage to people’s lives.