by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
HuffPost has the details:
Texas high school coach Tim Buchanan benched his starters after only 21 plays, kept to a conservative ground game and even allowed the clock to run uninterrupted after halftime to hasten the final whistle. Still, his Bearcats won 91-0.
Now the coach is facing formal accusations of bullying.
The impressive victory for undefeated Aledo High School, a football powerhouse in suburban Fort Worth that has put up similar numbers against other schools, has forced an investigation after a parent from the opposing team filed a bullying complaint. The complaint, which must be investigated under state law, says Buchanan should have done more to prevent the lopsided score.
I agree with my sagacious colleague, Roy Cordato, on this one. Calling a football blowout “bullying” cheapens something that most agree is a serious problem in our schools.
The formal complaint will require school officials to waste time (and tax dollars) conducting a formal investigation and writing a report.