So much for stopping bullying A football coach up North was punished for punishing a bully. WTNH reported:
A football coach has been fired after punishing a child for allegedly bullying one of his teammates. The bullying happened at school. Todd Kennedy, the former head coach of a Durham Middlefield Football team, says he wanted the kids to know that bullying would not be tolerated.
The team is made up of kids in grades 4 through 6. Two of Kennedy’s sons were on the team.
Kennedy says he’d first talked to the entire team about bullying, but when he’d heard that it happened again, he addressed the alleged bully in front of the team last week. The boy denied it, but Kennedy had him run a few laps around the field. Kennedy says afterward he praised the boy for running the laps without complaining.
The league’s board was not happy with the way Kennedy handled the situation.
“[One of the board members] said why did you feel that you were qualified to handle this bullying incident? I’m like because I’m a father,” said Kennedy.
Kennedy was suspended the following morning, and then fired on Monday. He says the board voted unanimously that he could not continue to volunteer as the team’s coach.
“You start questioning yourself, absolutely,” said Kennedy.
He says if one of his own kids was bullying another, he’d have no problem with another coach handling it the way he did. He also feels badly that he wasn’t able to explain what happened to his team.
Those laps probably got the kids attention more than some BS counseling session where he could express his feelings. Well, after all, it is Connecticut. Their action is completely ridiculous and rest assured, that bully will be a problem child in the future. The board should be forced to run a few suicides.