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Scoot: Assaulting sports referees a symptom of no respect for authority?

The growing lack of respect for authority cannot be blamed only on kids and teenagers. Adults are responsible, too.
The Louisiana legislature is considering a bill that would increase the penalties for assaulting sports referees. The fact that such a bill has been proposed clearly demonstrates that adults are showing an increasing lack of respect for authority and doing so where they are setting a bad example for young people.
In a story at WWLTV.com, soccer referee Glenn Prechac said that assaults against referees in all sports is at an “epidemic proportion.” Prechac said there was an incident last summer at Pan American Stadium where one of his assistant referees was “jumped and beaten by a fan who jumped over the fence.”  In his 30 years as a soccer referee, Prechac said that he has witnessed violence against referees increase throughout the New Orleans area.
Rep. Cameron Henry, (R-Metairie) introduced the bill that would increase the penalties for attacking referees saying, “Just by increasing the fines, increasing the prison sentence if the individual is injured. I think it sends a stronger message to parents that they really need to stay in control.”
House Bill 227 would raise the fines up to $5,000 for assaulting a referee and would add a maximum 3-month jail sentence if a referee is injured.  The bill would also require 40 hours of community service and anger management classes.
Last summer on The Scoot Show on WWL, I talked about a 17-year-old soccer player who punched a referee because the player was anger over a call made by the referee during a game in a suburb of Salt Lake City. After the punch in the face, the referee, Richardo Portilla, 46, fell into a coma for days and then died. The 17-year-old, who was not identified, pleaded guilty and is now serving time in a juvenile jail.
The judge ordered the teenager to keep a picture of the referee who died from the punch in his cell for the duration of his time behind bars. The judge also ordered the teen to write a letter weekly to the Portilla family explaining how he plans to change his life.
Daily news reports reveal that there is a growing lack of respect for law enforcement on the streets of America, but when the lack of respect for authority bleeds into the civilized world of youth sports in suburban America, the magnitude of the problem becomes even more alarming.
The percentage of assaults on sports referees relative to the number of young people participating in sports and the number of parents in attendance is not as significant as that fact that this is a problem on the rise.
The instinct to attack a referees over a penalty call, a disagreement about playing time for a child or any other dispute reflects an increasing propensity to manifest anger in the form of assaults.  Stories of road rage and shootings over a disagreement about loud music or texting in a movie theater prove that rage in America is not only increasing, but that the spontaneous ease with which many people are willing to act on a moment of rage is frightening and begs the question – why are so many Americans getting angry at things that are basically insignificant?
America has lost patience. This is a country where instant gratification is treated like a constitutional right. We demand to be satisfied instantly at every level of life.  As a nation, we have been conditioned to expect what we want now – whether it a tangible item or our state of mind.
The state of instant communications, the instant availability of so much of what we desire and the media have all contributed to our expectations of instant gratification.
So, when someone cuts in front of us in a car or challenges our requests to change behavior in public or makes a call we disagree with in sports - rather than make an effort to put the moment in perspective – we react on our instincts that are driven by a desire for instant gratification.
I support legislation designed to create harsher penalties for assaulting sports referees – but we can only hope that it will alter how people respond to the rage and anger that is looming so close to the surface in a growing number of Americans.
When you are faced with that moment when the demons of rage and anger possess your body and mind over what, in relation to the world, is an insignificant problem – think about all the people who are in jail or dead because they did not control their moment.
And before you criticize a young generation for their lack of respect for authority – think about the times you show a lack of respect for authority.
Are you setting a good example for your kids?

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Locations : LouisianaNew OrleansSalt Lake City
People : Cameron HenryGlenn PrechacRichardo Portilla

04/02/2014 6:17AM
Scoot: Lack of respect for authority is on the rise!
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04/02/2014 8:15PM
Yep, when you have clowns like Obama in the White House ...
of course there is nothing to respect. Love is a gift. Respect is earned and the so-called cradle of leadership in DC is a sewer. The danger to America is not Barrack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with no accomplishment or qualification to give any hint that he would or could execute the duties of the world,s most important job.. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of this President than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved uneducated electorate looking for handouts thus willing to elect such unqualified men for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barrack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.
04/02/2014 8:18PM
Not many authorities worth respecting these days ....
most in government should be spit on.
04/02/2014 8:19PM
Need a new hunting season ....
Need to pass a law establishing an annual Obama Zombie hunting season. We need to thin out the herd a bit.
04/02/2014 8:22PM
RESPECT??? The primate in the White House cannot spell it.
America has become a country of government chattel ... fools on a leash.
04/02/2014 8:38PM
Mary Landrieu ... LOL ...
respect her ... really ... she is too busy spreading her legs for her Messiah Obama ... she is a WH0RE.
04/02/2014 8:45PM
The left controls much the media and dominates academia ...
of course there is little respect for anything or anyone. We live in a culture where deviant behavior is celebrated and killing children is a woman’s rights issue. Obama spent more time congratulating Jason Collins for being gay than he did trying to save his ambassador in Benghazi.
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