UPDATE: The AJC has reported more details on this story today, including that the Warren coach was injured when he intervened in a post-game fight between players at the Hancock stadium. Please read the updated story, in which the Warren superintendent contends that more than 30 Hancock players attacked Warren players, and the Warren coach tried to intervene and was “smashed in the face with a helmet.” Warren school chief Jean Carey wants the GBI to investigate but the Hancock sheriff has declined to bring in the GBI. The GBI says it can’t open a probe at the request of a school superintendent.
This is the second story in a week that makes me wonder what is happening to youth sports. The AJC is reporting that Warren County head coach David Daniels was attacked after Friday night’s game against Hancock Central High School. Warren County won the game 21-2. Daniels was allegedly attacked by players from the Hancock team.
The Warren County superintendent has asked the GBI to file criminal charges in the attack, which was so severe that Daniels is in the hospital with head injuries and has undergone major reconstructive surgery to his face to deal with crushed bones above and below his eye.
I would hope that Hancock Central High is taking a strong stand and doing its own review of what happened and whether its players assaulted Daniels. If so, their football careers at the school should be over.
Last week, police in Carroll County said parents tried to fight 11- and 12-year-old football players. Parents reportedly rushed the field after a call that they didn’t like. The parents yelled obscenities at the children, and one held a child down and tried to remove his helmet so another kid could slug him, according to police. Police issued citations to three coaches for disorderly conduct and obscene language.
These stories are so depressing that I am not sure what to say. If we wonder where kids learn violence, we don’t have to look to TV or movies. In many cases, they are learning it from their parents.
–from Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog