School spirit? How about bad manners?

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 4:40pm
By: The Citizen

In the Feb. 10 edition of The Citizen, Ms. Carol Jensen-Linton reported that a very large group of McIntosh High School students joined in the singing of the national anthem at a basketball game at Starr’s Mill High School. The McIntosh students joined in on the line, “and the home of the brave,” singing loudly, drowning out the Starr’s Mill student who was singing a capella, changing the line to “home of the Chiefs.” Ms. Jensen-Linton was critical of the students’ action.

In the Feb. 17 edition of The Citizen, three letter writers defended the McIntosh students’ action with varying forms of reasoning.

The most vociferous of The Defenders is the president of McIntosh High School Parent Teacher Student Organization.

Obviously, she should be removed from that position after proving very publicly that she cannot recognize appallingly bad manners when she sees/hears it.

She was glad, though, to have the opportunity to tell us that she has a Revolutionary War ancestor, was an intelligence officer in the military, an uncle came over on the Mayflower, her Eagle Scout son has an appointment to a military academy, all to prove her high level of patriotism and qualifications to judge what constitutes, or not, a disrespecting of the national anthem.

Her son best not try disrespecting the anthem while at the academy.

The other two Defenders were either “inspired and delighted” by the students’ action or proud to announce that she “did the exact same thing 30 years ago” when a student in Illinois.

What a pity their parents didn’t teach them the value of good manners and respect when due so that they would be better prepared to pass it on to their own children.

We all know that if any one of The Defenders had been the parent of the young lady singer who was so rudely stepped all over, their opinion would likely be quite different.

The principal of McIntosh HS should, unless he/she, too, is “inspired and delighted,” censure the offending students, demand that such action not be repeated, then announce, by Citizen letter, that it was done.

Copy to Dr. John DeCotis, Superintendent, Fayette County Board of Education.

Glen Allen

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by normal on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 7:53pm.

Calm down an live a little. Stop getting your undies in a bundle over what people say or dont say. Most dont really care. Most kids now days just want to have fun. If you dont like what kids do at the games STAY HOME. They wont change their ways for us so get over it.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 10:11am.

It is a sign of our times. Why do you save your censure for this instance alone? What about the American flags that are flown improperly across the county? what about your participation in the anthem at sporting events. What about the courtesy that you show other drivers on the road? Do you keep to the closest lane when turning left onto a multiple lane road? Do you cross over the solid white line when you are turning right from Crosstown to Highway 74?
And I went to an academy. The kid will be fine and will incorporate what he needs to do. I am not going to call out this school when all of the other schools have inattentive and disruptive crowds as well

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 1:07pm.

Bet you didn't try anything like the McIntosh foolishness there, didya?

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Submitted by The Wedge on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 3:29pm.

beats alot out of you, you know. What is funny and true is the expression that "The Corps has..." What that means is that the Corps of Cadets' standards and discipline is not what it was when "I was a plebe". It is that way in life. The older we get, the more we lament how things have gotten worse. In reality, some things are better and some things are worse. I do not see our discipline at sporting events any worse now than in 1988, but maybe that is just me.

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Submitted by maximus on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 12:24pm.

It is a sign of our times - a bunch of rude, obnoxious punks lauded for interrupting a high school girl trying to sing the national anthem.

Submitted by jevank on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 10:27am.

Well said, Wedge. I guess picking on high school students makes some people feel better about themselves. As you pointed out, there are so many ways to be a little more considerate of others. I will focus on myself and my family, and hope others will too.

Submitted by jevank on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 10:30am.

I better clarify: I want others to focus on themselves and their own family....not mine Smiling

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Submitted by CrimsonTide on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 9:05am.

Mr. Allen,

You obviously do not know Mrs. Eifert. She is a wonderful person. She does an outstanding job in many volunteer positions in various organizations. So I suggest you shut your piehole as you do not have a clue as to what you are talking about. I can promise you she has many more friends than you do. Now get off your mom's PC and get back in the basement.

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