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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fight Club Students Suspended and Expelled

Kids are kicking ass all over the country. Two incidents within the last three months involving young boys starting their own fight clubs have resulted in suspension and expulsion.

In Naperville, Chicago eight junior high students were suspended from school after police discovered that they were organizing after school in the boys locker room and off-campus for UFC-style fighting competitions. In Tacoma,Washington  nine 6th graders were expelled for their fight clubs. In both instances, the boys had established a set of rules (such as tap-outs, code words, and no hitting in the face), and had posted dozens of videos of the fights on YouTube (dumb move).  The boys insist that no one was seriously injured, save the occasional black eye or bloody lip.

Well, what can you say about this? I can say that I have some mixed feelings. On one hand, being a father of 2 kids (a 5 year old girl, and 12 week old boy), I can't stand the thought of someone's little shit taking a swing at my kid (I'm assuming the boy would be fighting, not my little lady). On the other hand, as someone who has been in a few fist fights...maybe this isn't such a bad thing. I mean, I was in grade school in the 70s and 80s-- definitely pre-Columbine-- and this was how disputes were settled; no one brought weapons or any of that bullshit. Fighting was the kind of thing that horrified your mother, and intrigued your father. It was how you gained a certain amount of credibility among your piers. It's like in the animal kingdom-- like rams butting their heads together to see who's the strongest. Not too far-fetched, we are animals after all...except in these cases, these weren't "grudge matches". These were competitions, like in the movie and the book.

The kiddie Fight Club phenomena is not new. Since about 2007, there had been some concerns expressed from news media outlets about something they called "helmet boxing" which was a growing trend that-- as they reported-- could possibly lead to life-long brain damage, among other things:

Well, the idiots in these videos appear to have a "no rules" approach, which I can't condone. The kids in that video are just as bad as the kids that burned their house down after watching Beavis and Butthead. It's like the financial industry-- if things go on unregulated, someone's gonna get fucked. I cannot condone knuckle-heads fucking around without precautions.

So, there you have it. David Fincher, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are contributing to the corruption of America's youth. Either that, or America's youth are retarded.

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