In reference to the June 11 sports front page article, “They’re out! Umps, refs have had enough.”
During my second year as a 24-year-old elementary teacher in the Boise School District I recall receiving an earful from a spectator concerning his opinion of my officiating at an elementary school basketball game.
Having heard enough I stopped the game, went directly to a well-dressed man much older than me and reminded him that the Boise schools emphasized both sportsmanship and participation and that his behavior was inappropriate.
The noise level was subdued as I returned to officiate the game. After the game I approached the home team coach and noted that the atmosphere had quieted after I had spoken to the parent who had left the gym following my reminder to him.
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The coach smiled and replied, “That man was no parent. He was my principal.”
Bob Fontaine, Eagle