Is one child’s injury enough reason to ban a game? And are any PE games completely safe from chance of injury?

Someone sent the AJC a tweet asking that we open up the story about the Gwinnett family seeking to stop a PE game they deemed dangerous for reader discussion. I didn’t post on it yesterday when I first read the piece because it wasn’t clear to me what exactly happened.

I  don’t know if this particular game is any more dangerous to children than other playground games, as kids get hurt in tag and soccer as well. I know that many of you are going to argue that this is helicopter parenting, but I can understand the frustration of parents whose child has had his summer snatched away by a gym class injury.

But if one child’s bad experience could squelch a sport, schools would virtually have to ban almost everything except catch with a Nerf ball.

Here is the AJC story:

Tyler Strickland is spending the sweltering days of July wrapped in a sling from his shoulder to his wrist, unable to swim, cut his food or bang out a tune on his electric guitar.

The wiry 14-year-old, who has to take pills to manage pain from a sports injury, says that he hurt his shoulder during a Gwinnett County Schools physical education class playing a game his parents want to see banned.

The Twin Rivers Middle School student said he and classmates were asked to participate in a souped-up version of tee ball for teens. They swung a wooden bat at a volleyball perched on a traffic cone during gym class.

His parents say that the force of the bat against the ball caused their son to experience debilitating shoulder pain that later required surgery. According to medical records, the student suffered two tendon tears and a partially dislocated shoulder. Three staples were placed in his arm to reattach his bicep muscles.

“I believe it was an idiotic thing to ask kids to do,” said the teen’s stepfather, Ken Gittens, a veteran Gwinnett firefighter. “For any action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It would be just common sense that if you whack a volleyball as hard as you can, the bat is going to bounce back and you are probably going to get hurt. Someone who has gone to college should know better.”

Gwinnett school system risk management officials have no record of the April incident.

However, Strickland’s mother, Jill Gittens, kept a copy of the e-mail she sent on June 29 alerting school officials that her son required medical rehabilitation for a shoulder injury that occurred at the gym and then later surgery after the source of the pain was diagnosed. An accident investigation was not found among four reports of other student injuries in gym class at Twin Rivers in 2009 and 2010.

Gwinnett school officials did not respond Tuesday to a list of questions on the game or whether there have been similar incidents.

Gittens said she wants the game stopped so that other students don’t get hurt. The batting exercise is usually performed with a partially deflated volleyball to help players improve their swings.

An official with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education said the game isn’t listed among dangerous activities the group bans, such as dodgeball, but it isn’t one they’d endorse, either.

“Personally, I would probably never do that,” said Dennis Docheff, president-elect of NASPE and a University of Central Missouri professor. “I don’t think it’s an inappropriate practice for the sake of swinging a bat at a ball. But at the middle school level, I think they are ready to hit a moving target.”

Some students may be more predisposed to this kind of injury, said Dr. Jon Hyman. “If a child is loose jointed they are going to be at a high risk to have a shoulder slip out of socket,” Hyman said.

Tyler, who is more artistic than athletic, has been seeing doctors since April.

“I was in a lot of pain,” he said. “Even if I didn’t do anything, my shoulder would hurt. I still am in pain.”

The teen agreed to surgery in late June after weeks of being unable to close a door or pick up his backpack without his right shoulder throbbing. Dr. Charles Morris of Lawrenceville Resurgens Orthopedics performed the procedure that repaired the tendon tear and detached bicep muscles.

Is one child’s injury enough to ban a gym game?

“I’m not sure I’d indict the act,” said Dr. Scott Gillogly of Atlanta Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, head team physician for the Falcons and Atlanta Thrashers. “This can happen in any sport. It can happen goofing around. You can recover pretty darn well.”

As Tyler recovers, he has to sleep sitting up. His mobility is limited and so is his summer fun.

“I have to help him wash his hair and get dressed,” Jill Gittens said. “Tyler has had to endure something he should not have had to endure at 14 years of age. He lost out on summer.”

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An advocate for public education change & choice

July 21st, 2010
4:11 pm

This is silly to me. And thats all I’m a say about that

just me

July 21st, 2010
4:16 pm

OMG how stupid can you get! Dang, why don’t ya just wrap the kid in bubble wrap and keep him at home. Stuff happens. Let the kids play!

Give me a break

July 21st, 2010
4:16 pm

the fact you nitwits at the AJC would front page this story alone is absurd. Oh, the poor boy loses
his summer, what a baby

Maureen Downey

July 21st, 2010
4:19 pm

@Give me break, What’s even more interesting to me is that this story quickly became one of the most read on the Web site.

Ros Dalton

July 21st, 2010
4:23 pm

In 6th grade (Which was elementary school for us way back when) we played softball out on the field during gym class. We had standard hard baseball helmets, some of them in pretty rough shape, but we all wore them. One afternoon the kid who was ‘on deck’ wasn’t paying attention to the game and walked into the swing of the kid batting. Caught the bat right in the face, broke the bone over his eye, bled, cried, went home for the day, etc. I was 11 years old so I can’t honestly tell you if he had to have surgery or not, but it was a nasty injury and if the bat had hit him just a little differently he could’ve lost the eye. Softball is still played today despite countless similar injuries.

Another kid I knew, a very tall and athletic boy, broke his arm turning carthweels on the playground. I don’t even remember how old we were, but I sure do remember him screaming. The very next day a bunch of us were turning cartwheels in the exact same spot. Nobody thought to put us in handcuffs to prevent it!

This stuff is absurd. Obviously no one wanted him to get hurt, and every decent person hopes he gets better soon, feels sympathy, etc., but really? Ban the whole game over a freak accident that didn’t even warrant an incident report the day it supposedly happened? Even the description of the poor kid, “more artistic than athletic” is helicopter BS. Kids get hurt. Most of the time they get better and learn from it. I bet he won’t hit that volley ball so hard next time, eh? He learned something about his limitations. The 25-30 other kids in the class, some of whom are very ‘artistic’ I’m sure, came through the experience just fine, as do hundreds if not thousands of other children.

Our society is becoming risk averse to the point of insanity.


July 21st, 2010
4:30 pm

I have a 4th grader who lost a summer to a sports injury and has had some pain and a ton of dr. visits. She’s over it and is making the most of her summer b/c we don’t condone whining and laying blame in our family. I’d suggest that this 14 y.o.’s mommy do the same.

Middle Grades Math Teacher

July 21st, 2010
4:37 pm

Maureen, I think it’s the most read because it falls in the “You’ve got to be kidding me” category.

Not the only dumb idea out there

July 21st, 2010
4:44 pm

A music teacher decided to have my child’s marching band do advanced Tae Bo to get into shape for marching. Dumb idea. I got it stopped before anyone was badly hurt, but the PE teacher said someone could have been.

What's best for kids?

July 21st, 2010
5:16 pm

I’m not sure why I am commenting on this because it is not even worth wasting the movement of my fingers. Kids get hurt; it’s what they do. My kid fell down the stairs today. Who can I sue? What can I do to stop any child ever from falling down the stairs? NO CHILD should have to go through the pain and humiliation of falling down the stairs!


July 21st, 2010
5:23 pm

I think it is reasonable to expect PE classes to have “safe” activities for the students. But I’m not sure how anyone could have predicted an injury from hitting a deflated volleyball with a bat. Why was there no accident report? Shoulder injuries with torn tendons and a partial dislocation would certainly be sufficient for a report. Makes me wonder how he really got hurt…just saying.

check check

July 21st, 2010
5:26 pm

the kid tore out his shoulder from swinging a bat into a volley ball. not even a ball in motion, it was on a cone. sounds like to me the problem was the inactitivity of the kid to begin with or he could have been on some meds that do weaken tendons and ligaments; but the parents should have known that a sent a note for him not to participate

Sk8ing Momma

July 21st, 2010
5:35 pm

For shame!! An accident has occurred…Now it is time to ban the game!?!?…Surely you jest….Please tell me that you do!


July 21st, 2010
5:44 pm

My children have gotten hurt doing all kinds of things. Some were things you would expect to be dangerous (playing Jediknights with baseball bats). Some were not (running across a deck and getting s splinter crammed into his heel to the bone). As an adult, I seriously hurt my knee the 2nd day of school a few years ago demonstrating a move from square dancing in reading class (don’t ask how). It’s tough. It’s why it is called an accident.

Soon our kids will look like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons because we won’t be willing to let them move. Right now, quite a few are half blown up.

high school teacher

July 21st, 2010
5:45 pm

If the activity itself caused this particular injury, why were no others injured? Perhaps the child intentionally swung too hard and received an injury that way.


July 21st, 2010
5:46 pm

This is a ridiculous demand. I understand the parents’ concern, but as a parent of two very active boys, I’m appalled that we would consider such a request. My youngest plays football and my oldest baseball. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been in the doctor’s office, emergency room, orthopedist’s office. I know all about how to apply a cast and could probably stitch a few wounds if necessary. Oh, and my boys LOVE to ride dirtbikes. There’s risk involved in any fun activity- geez, we could get hurt just driving the kids around. I know a parent who tore a tendon in her knee climbing down the bleacher steps at a park. She even admitted she was too busy talking and digging her cell phone out of her purse to pay attention to where she was stepping. She didn’t demand the bleachers be torn down because of an accident.

I love my kids, and when they hurt, I hurt. I pray every night for their safety and definitely before every event in which they participate. But I would never demand the end of a game because of an obvious accident.


July 21st, 2010
5:54 pm

The school system should be able to counter sue the parents (when these parent sue) for not conditioning their child enough to prevent such an injury from occurring in the first place.


July 21st, 2010
6:12 pm

I think the point is that there are a myriad of acceptable and endorsed games to play during PE. From a physics perspective, it seems to me that the object used to hit should be matched to the object being hit. With that said, I’m not sure a lawsuit is in order, but perhaps better direction from the physical education coordinator regarding approved games. Children will do what they do, but this was in a presumed controlled environment. By the way, did you know a child can injure themselves if they play violin incorrectly? Look out violin teachers!

Old School

July 21st, 2010
6:16 pm

I read most every story in the papers with a big bucket of salt grains close at hand. Same for TV news coverage. Seems more and more like the facts get trampled on in the rush to get the story out. I’m not saying that is the case here but, like the Sherrod – USDA story, there’s almost always more to the story that can be or is printed or reported. This is especially true with kids. . . there is always the truth and kid truth.

trying hard to be patient

July 21st, 2010
6:32 pm

There was no accident report. Accidents happen all the time. My daughter broke her ankle after sitting cross legged(criss cross applesauce for all you teachers!) for 30 minutes in a music class watching a movie. She didn’t know her foot had fallen asleep and when she stood up her foot rolled over and crack(very loudly). The tip of the fibula had broken off. The doctor who put the cast on said it was a common break they see all the time. I didn’t sue the music teacher or school. It was a freak accident. Both my kids were in casts at that same time(5 weeks) because my son had had surgery on his leg for a birth defect. It was in the spring time. Baths were fun! It was before water proof casts! Accidents happen!!

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July 21st, 2010
6:55 pm

this is exactly the kind of over-wrought parenting (cotton wool parenting) that needs to be done away with. when we were kids everyone broke a *bone* doing something, and it was almost a badge of honour to spend summer in a cast. heck, i broke my arm falling over a rock when taking a photo (and promptly blew off a summer of swimming in hawaii – for 3 months!) give it a rest, mum, and realise that, at 14, you don’t have many more years where you can protect your baby from the world – if he doesn’t get the experience now, how on earth will he be able to handle it? you are only showing him that everything should be exactly how you want it at all times, which has NOTHING to do with life in the real world as an adult. he needs to learn how to cope with the unexpected and the disappointing. these parents who won’t do their jobs really irk me. your job, mum, is to prepare you son for life, not protect him from it.

should a game be banned due to one injury – no way!


July 21st, 2010
7:11 pm

After reading through these posts, I have to comment. See, I won’t hide behind a made-up screen name, I will tell you all who I am. My name is Ken Gittens, Tyler’s stepfather. For all of you who have commented, without having a clue of which you speak, Tyler did not get injured in a “freak violin accident” nor does he take any “medications” that make his tendons subject to injury. Tyler was taking part in a school sanctioned PE class. He, like every other kid, took for granted that his instructors knew what they were doing. Evidently not! The video clearly stated the volleyball should be partially deflated, however this was not the case in this instance. I find it hard to understand how anyone with average intelligence and any understanding of physics cannot see the dangers inherent with this activity. Unlike Brian McCann’s game winning grand slam, in which his bat [greater mass] is allowed to follow through the baseball [smaller mass and solid] striking an inflated object, the bat not only MUST pause for a split second, and quite possibly bounce off the inflated object in the opposite direction.
To the commenter talking lawsuit; please show me anywhere in the article that a lawsuit was mentioned! But here is the ‘gist’ of why Tyler’s mom and I thought it was important to get this story out. Have any of you ever hear of the doctrine known as sovereign immunity? If not, I highly recommend a little research may be in order. I will sum it up. The government – being the ‘sovereign’ – is immune to the laws and standards that you, as a ‘mere’ citizen are held to. In other words, you send your child to school and no matter the circumstances, whether negligence or not, if your child is injured – or God forbid killed – the school isn’t liable. Let that sink in for a moment.
We are not looking for, nor expect, any sympathy. We are just trying to warn others. As with any information, what one does with it is entirely up to you.

check check

July 21st, 2010
7:35 pm

hope the student will make a full recovery; and hopefully during phyical therapy he will strengthen muscles and tendons, etc… that could prevent a jolt from causing such injuries again

Maureen Downey

July 21st, 2010
7:43 pm

Ken, Thanks for coming on and giving more detail.


July 21st, 2010
7:53 pm

No, and No. Sounds like an e-mail needs to be sent instructing PE teachers to make sure the volleyball is partially deflated when playing this game. On to next issue…

Gwinnett Parent

July 21st, 2010
8:08 pm

Have to wonder if the kid had some other medical condition. Several people can injure themselves by carrying a backpack incorrectly(over 1 shoulder. A person can have problems long before they incorrectly swing a bat at a large ball. Should we stop the entire class from PE if one student has asthma or is allergic to grass? The parents need to bring in a doctor’s note and bench junior. His problem is obviously unique. Perhaps it’s not the schools fault at all and Junior has a pre-existing medical condition. We have become a nation of whiners due to parents like this. Why can’t these people take care of the situation themselves and move on? If these parents want to put their kid in a bubble and limit physical activity, that’s their problem.


July 21st, 2010
8:57 pm

I was saying the same thing you did regarding the physics of motion related to the hitting instrument and the object being struck. Also, I was serious about the violin injury. As a nationally known string pedagogue with 30+ years of experience, I can say that there are violin teachers in Gwinnett who are teaching an extreme playing position that will cause serious damage to the students’ neck and spine over the years. That, in my opinion is professional malpractice. Sorry about mentioning any lawsuit. You are correct – the story did not mention that at all.


July 21st, 2010
9:08 pm

Once when I was in elementary school I got hit by a pitch from the principal as he used to take us across to play baseball at the end of the day.

Sure glad my parents didn’t contact the local paper about that and try to get baseball banned at my school.


July 21st, 2010
9:12 pm

Hi Mr. Gittens – I have posted things about immunity as well, (as it relates to corporal punishment – yes that’s legal too) a lot of people simply don’t understand or are in disbelief. There have been lawsuits galore – Please read the case of Jonathan King who died in a school. Hard to imagine we voters have allowed this to continue. Little people have very little or no power, really. I hope your son heals quickly and on his way to a speedy recovery. Immunity People! If it happens in a school – beware!

Ole Guy

July 21st, 2010
9:18 pm

We used to come in from PE sweatin, stinkin, an sometimes bleedin. Forrest Gump said it best…IT HAPPENS



July 21st, 2010
9:19 pm

BTW the lawsuit I mentioned was thrown out of court.

Ole Guy

July 21st, 2010
9:28 pm

Next thing you know, some kid will get carpal tunnel whatever from being allowed too much computer time in school. Let’s see, who can we hold accountable? Certainly the teacher, the principal, the school board…hey, how about the state, the gov, the manufacturer, maybe the internet provider…the whole thing gets crazier and crazier.

I’m sorry sir, mam, that your kid got hurt, but…like it or not, your kid’s not Little Lord Fontleroy. Kids, along with adults, get hurt all the time. It’s called LIFE!


July 21st, 2010
9:31 pm

I believe that instilling that kind of thought process into that kids mind should be a form of child abuse!

Just Play

July 21st, 2010
9:31 pm

Maybe he should just play the piano next time. You’re going to have freakish injuries in any sport (or non-sport). Our top running back in high school banged heads with defensive players for ten games and one day going to class slipped on the bottom stair and tore tendons in his ankle. Results: Out for the playoff run. Based on the logic used by these parents they should ban stairs. Quit babying the boy and tell him to ‘man up’ in PE.

We're Raising Wimps

July 21st, 2010
9:38 pm

In high school PE we played commando-dodge ball and loved it, we played commando basketball and loved it, we played tackle football (no pads) and loved it. Yes there was blood and bruises but no parent complained and the guys in gym class certainly didn’t. Maybe Gwinnett should offer co-ed PE and let them play ring-toss. $%^&* happens; get over it.


July 21st, 2010
9:39 pm

I strained my neck and eyes while reading this article. The AJC should be banned from printing stories that cause injuries.


July 21st, 2010
9:39 pm

I broke my shoulder playing at school in middle school. Principal told me it wasn’t broken and I finished the day. Went home and to the ER. Back at school 2 days later. The idea of banning the game never once entered anybody’s mind.

What the hell is wrong with kids and parents these days?

I’d be more worried about the kid’s shrine to energy drinks than the injury. Those things are a train wreck for a growing kid!

General Sherman

July 21st, 2010
9:41 pm

I smell a law suit in the making.


July 21st, 2010
9:44 pm

Ken I am shaking my head that you would try to misuse physics to somehow make the school or the instructors appear negligent in Tyler’s injury. The physics argument has been presented to school boards as a ’scientific reason’ why RUNNING is not allowed in many school districts during free time or what was once known as recess. Incredible. A running kid has mass and momentum and can cause injury should the student crash into another student. A lot more energy delivered than what a bat will deliver to a volleyball.Our children get fatter and you Ken keep finding reasons to keep our children on the couch. Sad, but you are not alone. There are legions of misguided parents out there, convinced it’s too hot for kids to exercise, school activites are too dangerous, and simply running at recess is too reckless. Little Johnny and little Susie, just young not little, will go through a shorter life, round and out of breath.

bob richie

July 21st, 2010
9:45 pm

hell —ban swimming —-football –baseball –roller skating surfing -o yes marbles—–todays youth are not in shape ——–ban running —–the lad has to breath to hard—–ban swings —a bug may fly in his face—–ban stairs he may trip ——ban chairs the legs may fall off—-ban gravel he could fall and cut his ——hand –or god forbide cut his knee———.i was hit between the eyes –knocked me out playing baseball in the 7 grade- broke me noise in 9 grade practing inward diving——–IT IS PART OF GROWING UP—–WE USED TO PLAY TAG —I FELL MANY A TIME AND SCRAPED MY ARMS AND LEGS——.JUMPED OUT OF A BIG SWING—–LANDED ON MY REAR——-FELL OF 2=A BIKE — DONT KNOW HOW MANY TIMES——–AND ROLLER SKATING———.—-BAN ICE SKATING—–SO HE WILL NEVER FALL ON THE ICE—–BUT WE HAVE TO LET OUR CHILDERN GO TO SCHOOL WITH KIDS THAT HAVE –AIDS –ENOUGH—–.IT PART OF BECOMING A——-MAN——-YES ——130000ARE IN AFGANISTAN—–OKINAWA——IRAN—–GOD MADE HIM A MAN CHILD—-LET HIM GROW UP TO BE A-MAN—-NOT MAMAS —BOY.

Matt Robinson

July 21st, 2010
9:46 pm

Mr. Gittens:

I’m sorry your child was hurt, but the only way to truly control every element of your stepson’s school experience is to homeschool him. Otherwise, bad things will probably happen, and mistakes will be made. There’s a word for that…life.

I broke my wrist in middle school (many moons ago) playing a game called Gatorball, a combination of football, soccer, and a bit of dodgeball. Don’t know if they still play it, but it wasn’t necessarily a safe game – any game isn’t safe. We didn’t even consider having the school ban the sport.

My real question is this – how slow of a news day does it have to be for this to make the paper? Sure, we all read it, just to say “wow, what’s the world coming to?”

Glad I don’t pay for this paper.


July 21st, 2010
9:48 pm

gamom if you are saying that the school is responsable, you probably have a distrubed child as well. kids 13 be a man. stupid is as stupid does.

Maureen Downey

July 21st, 2010
9:51 pm

To all, I would like to suggest that we consider this issue from the perspective of being our own child.
I am a longtime listener of Neal Boortz, back when he was a full-time lawyer and part-time radio personality. (I once profiled him for the AJC, meeting him at his plane one afternoon. Except for the fact that he didn’t drive the brand of truck he was always promoting on his show, I found him a straight shooter and a good guy.)
On his show, he used to savage parents who he felt coddled little Johnnie or Janie. He often turned to the paper for inspiration and I would cringe when he go after somebody in one of my stories as I wrote a lot about families. (However, I did agree with him when he went after some moms I wrote about who put their toddlers in beauty pageants.)
So, I was surprised to see him stay away from the news story of the Atlanta parents suing after their young child’s Crocs began to melt and got caught in the escalator, causing serious injuries to the little boy’s foot. It turned out that the mom worked for Neal. Because he knew the parent personally and understood the seriousness of the situation and the injuries to the child, Neal didn’t react with his customary bluster and derision.
I offer that up only to show that it is easier to criticize from afar. Everything changes when the child is yours or the child of a someone you know.

Acworth Dawg

July 21st, 2010
9:54 pm

I am late to the party but I must agree with many of you that this is/was the most read article at AJC because most people had to see it to believe it.

Let’s see. We played kick ball in the street, road our bikes without helmets, did really stupid things on the skate board, played football, baseball and other organized sports and we got hurt. But you know what I am 43 years old and except for some aches and pains, I am fine as is every other kid who was out there with me.

I am assuming that other kids participated in this active and they were not injured due to the activity. Could it be that Tyler hit the ball wrong. If we banned every sport that a kid could/does get hurt at, then what are the kids going to for exercise.

I sorry your son is hurt but MAN UP and move on.

My question to everyone would be; where and when did parents become such big babies over injuries to there kids. I am not saying that an injury should be taken lightly, but come on. Your son got hurt so lets tell the world. Sorry, I just don’t get it.


July 21st, 2010
9:54 pm

He swung wrong! I’ve played baseball and tennis my while life and injured everything under the sun. The ONLY way he could have hurt his bicep AND shoulder with a single swing is by hitting the ball off the tee like a forehand instead of a backhand/baseball swing. With a proper baseball swing, the bicep stays slightly flexed and cannot hyper-extend and tear. Besides the hips and legs, power is generated by the extension of the triceps and rear shoulder.

Hitting even a deflated volleyball with a forehand could easily hyperextend the arm backwards, tearing the elbow, bicep,and shoulder all to pieces. I’d bet he never learned how to swing properly and just took a whack at it with a forehand. Regardless, no way this could happen on a proper swing.


July 21st, 2010
9:59 pm


There is a word for your Boortz example…hypocrite.

The Aristocrat

July 21st, 2010
10:01 pm

Most of you forget the fact that a volleyball weighs about the same as a baseball or softball but has a larger surface area. That’s like hitting a dandelion with a stick.

Acworth Dawg

July 21st, 2010
10:07 pm


I appreciate your comment about it being your child versus another person’s child. But the fact remains that kids get hurt if they are doing anything other than sitting around doing nothing. But why do we feel the need to blame someone or something because the outcome did not go in our favor. The father is upset. Understandable. But come on, don’t you agree that this is over kill.

On your Boortz comment, you have to remember, and I am a listener to Boortz, his job is to “stir the pudding” so to speak. He was not backing off the topic until new broke that the suit was filed by a co-worker. So, he may have backed off the topic because of the access that the general public has to the worker which is much greater than to someone we read about in the paper in a far away place. I was listening to Brootz the morning of the lawsuit news broke. His assistant was catching it from all sides. But I am not sure you can say his position changed, he just decided it was best for the show to drop the topic and move on.

Tender Baby

July 21st, 2010
10:14 pm

Banning the game isn’t the answer. Maybe the kid doesn’t need to play any sports. I also think he needs to be tested for brittle bones. I’d say the same if it were my child Maureen.


July 21st, 2010
10:15 pm

Well Ken, your story just got picked up by Fark. Now your kid is getting ridiculed all over the globe.

You go!