A Trying Time At The Football Game
To The Editor:
My husband and I have both lived in the Estes area for many years, we own three local businesses and have every intention of staying active members in our community. We are both EP school alumni and have a young son that may be going to school here in the future.
I say “may” because I am amazed at some of the things I hear from parents, former teachers and have experienced myself! One example…this past Friday we decided to go to the High School football game. Not only do we have a few friends with sons that play, but we thought it might be fun to support the local school. What a disappointing evening it turned out to be, but not because the Bobcats lost. We sat at the top of the bleachers just below a group of parents. During the game this group was cheering and yelling just like you would expect at any football game.
In fact, they were trying to be as positive and uplifting as they could despite how badly we were losing. At some point two school employees came up and told one of the mothers that there had been reports of profanity, and if she didn’t calm down they would make her leave. Let me just say that I was sitting directly in front of her and although she was cheering loudly, she was never what I would consider out of line.
Shortly after halftime one of the same school employees came up again and told everyone sitting there that the whole group would have to leave if they said one more thing. When the parents defended themselves the gentleman threatened to get the police involved. He was extremely rude and somewhat aggressive. Either way it now became personal. I was sitting with that group the whole time and not only did I never cheer loudly I also heard everything these parents were saying and was appalled that they were being treated so disrespectfully! What happened to encouraging parents to support their childrens’ activities and cheer for them? After all, it is a football game.
Needless to say, a few parents left and the rest remained in awe of how they were treated. What has society come to that has enabled our school to be so against yelling at a football game or any other sporting event? As my husband and I left we decided that maybe it’s not worth trying to support the schools by attending school functions, and maybe this is why people don’t. We also decided that it was a good thing we had few years left for either the Estes Park school system to improve or for us to come up with an alternative for our sons education! Though this is only one example, it was the icing on the cake for me and I am embarrassed that this is what we have to offer our children.