In the broader view of education that I sometimes apply to this blog, what lesson was this Decatur dad teaching his 4-year-old when he went after an adolescent who accidentally ran into the little boy on a Colorado ski slope?
The 14-year-old girl had been skiing on a beginner run with a ski school class when she swerved to avoid a skier who had fallen in front of her and she bumped into the boy. If this father did believe that the skier had seriously injured his son, why was he wasting time punching the young girl in the face? Who pauses for a slugfest when their child is hurt?
It turned out the child was not hurt, but the dad had to be pulled off the young girl by a ski instructor.
Now, I know why I never took up skiing. Too many lunatics. If any of the teachers on this blog end up with the child of this man in their class, prepare to duck if you ever give the kid an “F.”
This AJC story depressed me on what had been an otherwise lovely day. According to the story:
After the collision, [Scott] Filler jumped on top of the girl and struck her in the face with his fist, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike McWilliam told the paper. A ski instructor pulled Filler off the teen and, after realizing his son was not hurt, the Decatur resident apologized for his behavior.
The 14-year-old was treated for minor injuries at a local medical clinic. Filler will have to return to Vail to answer the misdemeanor child abuse charge.
–Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog