Perspectives: 336/365

National Institution of Sports for High Schools

The goal of our institution is to create
An atmosphere
For safe, balanced, and honored sportsmanship
In high school athletics.

We have oversight of state athletic federations
And this fiasco in Taylorville
Will be dealt with using a combination of efforts
To get athletics back on track for the students.

PAELLA, the Pennsylvania Adult Education for Lasting Learning Act
Will be used to enlighten the adults involved in this ridiculousness
The proper values of sports in the schools…
And the proper roles of adults in sports.

Webinars to follow…

Perspectives: 335/365

The Newspaper

Pop up protests are happening,
We thought we would be immune
Because we have been neutral in this battle,
But we looked out to see a large group of students,
Standing in our parking lot
Holding reporter’s notebooks
And writing things down.

We went out to see what was going on,
They put their notebooks down and left.
Each page said the same thing,

“Have an opinion.”

Perspectives: 334/365

The Fitness Center

People were just milling about in front of our gym,
Patients were late for appointments,
Classes could not start on time.
The kids never said why they were out there.

We haven’t done anything, but
Why are they getting in the way
Of the businesses that feed them?

So disrespectful.

Perspectives: 333/365

The Coffee Shop

My customers could not get in,
They totally interfered with my business,
I can’t believe my kid was in that crowd.

Who do they think they are?
Protesting never works.
Protesting only costs money.

Perspectives: 332/365

Horace Taylor’s Flower Shop

We were just about to open,
Saturdays usually start quickly
With weddings and banquets and all,
We open the door
To put the sidewalk sign out
They were on the curb,
Not too in the way,
But the sidewalk is not wide,
I wondered why they were there,
I yelled out to them,
They just walked away.
The last person was Blair.
He looked away and just kept going.
That’s when I knew what was happening.

Perspectives: 331/365

Clark Burgess (Business Administrator)

Ralph called me,
I laughed, a silent protest,

About an hour later they were at my house,
I walked into the yard and
They all turned away at the same time
They never moved.
They just stood there.

I called Ralph,
Neither of us laughed.
We talked about our media response.

Perspectives: 329/365

Jerry Dean (Basketball, Eight Bars Parents)

A Talk text,

Everyone, time to take protests on the road,
Coordinates soon,
No vandalizing, no noise
Straight up silence.

Perspectives: 328/365

Riley Parsons (Local Reporter)

Tonight in Taylorville
The protesting parents met,
On one side the Eight Bars parents
Who started a protest against the quality
Of the coaches at Taylorville High School.
Their goal was to have funding for sports dropped
And then re-appropriated for music education.
It seemed to many to be a rip off your nose to spite your face protest.

To combat the Eight Bars parents,
Another group, calling themselves the Music Friends of Sports,
Called for the school district to hold the line on funding
Thereby keeping the sports and music budgets intact.
In a bizarre turn, the Taylorville superintendent, Ralph Higgonbothem,
Suspended funding for the sports teams
Until the parents could work out their differences.

The meeting did not go as planned,
Unconfirmed reports have the two groups splintering
More forcefully than before.
One anonymous source is claiming
That the district will lose standing in the state’s athletic association.
Another added, “The district will be cool with that,
Then they can turn the money saved into bonuses for administrators.”

There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for this conflict.

Perspectives: 327/365

Ego is a difficult thing to deal with,
Setting examples of admitting wrong
Comes hard to those full of hubris,
Unsure of themselves,
Or just plain hard headed.

These parents, guided by a vision for their children,
Have been played by a system
So disharmonious that valor would have them
Simply walk away.
Too bad that they don’t have the stones to do it.

Perspectives: 326/365

Music Friends of Sports Parents

Their Calm Comeback…

You guys suck.
You started it.
You made it the way it is.

Now our kids hate us.
Now our businesses suffer.
Now you want us to back your cause.

We won’t follow your views.
We loathe sports in the first place.
No, we loathe sports parents.