Valid questions, stupid principal

Why is it so bad for kids to ask professional sportspeople why they suck or choke so often?

Two pupils at an Auckland school were sent to “time out” and made to write an apology letter after asking visiting Warriors players why they lost so often.

Blockhouse Bay Intermediate principal Michael Malins confirmed the school’s action, but wouldn’t reveal the exact wording of the questions.

But the Weekend Herald has been told by a source that one student asked why the team were so bad, and a second pupil – said to be a football fan who knew little about rugby league – asked where the team sat on the points table during the school visit earlier this month.

The Warriors finished the 2017 NRL in 13th position out of 16 teams; a result which has left long-suffering fans fuming especially given their star-studded playing roster including Shaun Johnson, Kieran Foran, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Isaac Luke.

Malins confirmed yesterday that the school’s deputy principal spoke to two boys about the nature of their questions which were deemed “disrespectful” to the school’s guests.

“The boys had time out to think about their actions and wrote letters of apology to the Warriors for disrespecting our school value of Manaakitanga. This was not a punishment, rather a restorative practice to apologise,” he said.

As one mate of mine said on Facebook:

This is politically correct madness. Those boys should have been respected for talking the truth and asking genuine questions about the Warriors bad performances. Instead, they were punished for not conforming to some craven weak-kneed principal’s desire to rub shoulders with famous people without controversy.

Perhaps the principal should be sent to time-out, and while there, reflect on why he was wrong to punish boys speaking truth to power.

They were asking valid questions, about poor performance and this muppet teachers thinks the boys were rude.

Maybe the teachers didn’t want kids to learn that sport in real life isn’t all about participation.


-NZ Herald

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