As I become increasingly cantankerous I often feel the urge to smack certain people firmly on the side of the head with a baseball bat. I would, of course, use proper follow through when administering this erstwhile "clue bat".
Today I am strongly fighting the urge to head down Interstate 74 to South Central Indiana and beat Patrick and Melissa Hayden, the parents of a Greensburg Junior High Schooler. The Haydens have sued the Greensburg School Corporation because the basketball coach had the unmitigated gall to require his players cut their hair! Patrick and Melissa have sued in Federal Court to have the policy declared Unconstitutional and for ...wait for it...damages! source another source
Really? Not participating in sports at the Junior High level will cause the precious little hippie "irreparable harm"? I am all for supporting Constitutional rights. I makes me sick, but if assholes want to burn the Flag, it is their right. I do think a group or organization has the right to define grooming standards that best represent that group. The basketball team in this case is representing the school and the community. The student is participating by his own choice. He knew the rules going in.
Back in the stone ages of the 1970s I participated in wrestling. In those waning hippies days popular hair styles were every bit as long or even longer, than today. In fact, the only students in the high school that had hair above their collars, eyebrows and showing any ear at all were either in ROTC or playing on a sports team. I wanted to participate, so I cut my hair. Guess what? It grew back!
Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Hayden, human hair grows back after it is cut! Imagine, your precious boy can cut his hair if he wants to play, then it will grow back in a month or two. Crazy, I know.
The Haydens of Greensburg need to teach their son a lesson. It is not that The Man is out to stifle his individual freedom, but that life is not fair. If you want to work as a server in a fine dining establishment, the owners are going to insist you take the studs from you cheeks and chin. Mike Tyson-like tattoos on your face will not get you that coveted CEO position. My company expects me to be well groomed. I would much prefer to wear my comfortable Levis and an old T-shirt when I visit customers, but that is not the professional image I or my company want to project.
Playing sports is a privilege. You have to wear the stupid shorts and tank top if you play basketball. Some teams make the players wear matching shoes. Unless the Haydens can prove their little precious is a modern-day Sampson, that his long hair gives him extraordinary abilities to rebound and toss up three pointers like Reggie Miller, he needs to cut his hair.
Serious Tort reform that makes the loser pay court costs would eliminate this kind of nonsense. The Haydens will be the first to whine and complain when their property taxes go up, never making the connection that taxpayer money will be used in the legal defense of this lawsuit and to pay any damages they might win. Man, if I could be a judge for a day...Can you rule the Plaintiffs are fucking morons?