One of the first shots fired at high school football came last week from Council Rock School Board member Patty Sexton. She has called for football to be banned at the high school level.
“It’s no longer appropriate for public institutions to fund gladiators,” she said. “I am very, very concerned about putting these student-athletes in the position of getting a concussion. Football has gotten faster, harder and more dangerous with each passing year. I’m extremely scared we will eventually be sued over injuries suffered in sports.”
Sexton is a public school teacher in Philadelphia and compared football players to modern-day gladiators. She also had concerns in other sports, like “heading” the ball in soccer, but football was her main focus.
“We wouldn’t dream of putting our kids in a vehicle without a seat belt, but we put them out on the field and cheer for them,” Sexton said. “Our mission is to grow brains, not destroy them.”
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– Tom Reisenweber