Parents in Idaho told to stop cheering at kids’ games

It started with not keeping score at games. It expanded with every kid gets a trophy. Now the whole demented social egalitarian aim to eliminate competitive nature from sports competition has been elevated to a new level.

According to a report in the Washington Times, “Parents at one Idaho high school were told if they don’t quit cheering for their child basketball players, they’d be sent to the penalty box for a minute. “They think the only way they can encourage their kids is verbally,” said Justin Brown, the recreation coordinator for Post Falls, in The Coeur d’Alene Press.

Yes Justin, that’s my kid out there and I want her to hear my encouragement, specifically intended for her.

Mr. Brown said some basketball events are touted as “Silent Cheer Day,” where parents are allowed to hold up signs to support their children on the court — but are banned from yelling. If they’re caught, they get a red penalty card, which sends them to a designated spot in the gym for a full minute.

I wonder how that whole no yelling thing would play out with the 12th man of the Seattle Seahawks? Folks, I wish I could say this was all a hoax.

But the problem is, “cheering can lead to negativity” according to Mr. Brown.

But parents and fans are puzzled by the policy. “Nobody had ever heard of this before,” said Lorna Allen, a grandmother who attended one of the games, “I’m going to get thrown out right off the bat.”

What world did Mr. Brown come from? Where is the negativity of a parent verbally cheering on their child? I would consider that positive reinforcement to do well, by showing love and support. Maybe Mr. Brown thinks if you cheer your child on to hit a three pointer, it hurts the feelings of the kid who was defending. Or if you cheer when your daughter blocks a shot, the other girls feel inadequate.

I think Justin had a bad experience as a boy and wants to impose his emotional imbalance on others.

What do you all think? Is Silent Cheer Day a good idea or just another example of the “bureaucratic thought police” trying to control our feelings?

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HuandaRulz
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They really pushing for a nation filled with robot-like citizens that do as they say and without a mind of their own.

Joe Toad Conlon
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Indeed, they are. If you get a chance…please…Google Allen Keyes’ plan to Impeach Obama. If it sounds good to you…spread the thought.

VL123
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“We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse”.

Before I made my comment, this is what I have to read. This after reading an article about freedom of speech. No cheering, no tolerance. lol

ffidaj
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You still have freedom of speech, but you are playing in someone else’s house, so you must play by their rules which don’t seem un-reasonable.

Elizabeth Groves
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If your speech has to include any of the above, maybe you need to consider educating yourself in a different direction.

Don Kenner
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I think the problem is that cheering may cause one child to play even better which might cause a child of lesser ability to, shall we say, feel bad.
I fear our country will to to hell in a hand basket unless we take it back.

Joe Toad Conlon
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Alan Keyes has a plan for Impeachment. Google it; and spread the word.

ffidaj
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I think we are already at the door, sir. Somebody (many bodies) better do something about it real quick.

Joe Toad Conlon
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Google Allen Keyes’ plan for Impeachment. And, please spread the word.

Kathleen Lathrop
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Have you heard of Operation American Spring? Search that if you haven’t.

ffidaj
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That is well and fine, he has committed impeachable offenses, but having Joe Biden as the President will not stop this snowball from rolling into the gates of hell.

Joe Toad Conlon
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I hope that doesn’t mean you think we should just sit around complainingand doing nothing.

ffidaj
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Certainly not, that is my point. There is too much complaining and not much action.

Joe Toad Conlon
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Alright, then. Besides…Biden doesn’t have the nads to pull the anti-constitutional and racist crap that Obama’s getting away with.

Larry Walther
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These inhuman cowards like the Parks Director need to be beaten fiercely, then fired, then escorted to the city limits and told not to return. It’s not that freaking complicated. How your town does it may differ, but the point is to make them aware they are not in conformity with the standards of the community.

Joe Toad Conlon
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Problem is, Larry…they “are” in conformity; otherwise the asswipe principal wouldn’t have it.

keithsmustache
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The parents should just ignore the idiot. Hand me a red card and give me a timeout (lol) and I’ll throw you down the bleachers; I won’t even take a second to think about it.

akatom3565
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This is what you get when idiots breed!

TiredoftheBS
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Really? This is nothing but the result of liberalized socialist education. Socialism at it’s finest! So the kid is looking at the sign granny is holding up and misses a play… How long do ya think that’ll last?!

Cranky53
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Show me the penalty box. I cheer from there! Mr. Brown must be a sissy.

B-real
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I want my country back.

Well Done
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“They think the only way they can encourage their kids is verbally”, said Justin Brown. Beware of anyone who purports to know what others are thinking, especially when they say something as stupid at the above.

william
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Let them try and stop me! Or put me in a penalty box. They will learn quickly what negativity really means.

AmericanLass
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Parents who comply are supporting this liberal agenda. Nudge, nudge, SHOVE.

Gunny D
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Only head shaking and explicative come to mind…. Is this REAL?! WHAT is going on in the States?! It’s stupid… period…

Reba
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This kind of crap at schools is why my niece and nephews play for the Church or Local Sports.

Glen Saunders
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Somebody please tar and feather this idiot and ride his dumb ass out of town on a rail before he’s allowed to ruin some more kids!!! And anyone supporting his idiotic ideas needs to be tarred and feathered also.

SheilaY
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Bring it! I’d yell myself to the penalty box every game. Better yet, forget “Silent Cheer Day.” Boycott the games…with the approval of the players. A bunch of kids playing in front of their team mates. I wonder what Mr. Brown would say to that?

Joe Toad Conlon
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More “Progressive” assholism. What if a kid looks at one of the “ceer signs”…and trips and gets hurt? Can the parents sue the hell outta the school or Mr. Brown? Just more pussification of the youth.

Kevin V Gantnier Sr.
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Liberal progressive bullshit……

tblair
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I suggest that Justin Brown, recreation coordinator for Post Falls, Idaho might look forward to receiving a whole bunch of red cards himself in the near future. He desperately needs a major time out…!

Realistic_01
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They’re not YOUR kids, their the government’s kids. Someone needs to kick the s*** out of that guy while the parents cheer on.

Cozyrn
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What are they going to do? Throw us all out?

Nedd Kareiva
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In Idaho of all places, wow! Disturbing.

Mike Roark
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However, the real crime is that his kind of thinking is becoming more prevalent. The Left has spent years in managing the information system and the education system to produce people who think this way. The Liberal machine must be stopped.

Reba
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Do you have any ideas on how to stop all this?

Valigator
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Yea a bunch of people need to show up at this “educators” office, walk in and throw all his crap onto the street.

Mike Roark
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Not really anything new. We need to win elections to be able to change anything. That is the bottom line.

Valigator
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Elections are rigged, we are past that.

Reba
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I would have agreed with you 7 years ago. I look at elections like Russian Roulette. With all the voter fraud and crap that has gone on the last two elections, I don’t bank on winning the elections in November. Until the voter fraud is fixed, our chances are 0%.

Mike Roark
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I hear your frustration, however, this is just what the left has been planning for years. Read the book by Saul Alinsky. They want us to become discouraged and quit. We can’t do that or they will win. The TEA party is making progress and there are some new leaders emerging on the right to challenge the GOP. We must continue to encourage patriotic leaders and all patriots to fight at every opportunity.

Reba
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Yes I know. They are making progress and I hope they continue. I just don’t think the Tea Party or the ones running get the whole picture.

Mike Roark
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I am not always pleased with everything the TEA party does either. What do you think they don’t get?

Reba
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The last time tried to explain, I was accused of being a Troll, Democrat and Un-American, by a person in the Tea Party.

Mike Roark
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I’m sorry to hear that. Not everyone know how to behave appropriately.

Reba
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Thank you. I know a lot of people in the Tea Party, but that is one of the reasons I’m not a member. Everyone screams cut benefits instead of military. After being a budget person for almost 40 years in the government, I don’t believe in cutting across the Board. I believe you find the problems, fraud and abuse, clean it up and make it right. Then you can see where to cut. You hurt everyone in the system and those that need help when you cut across the board. Sure there is waste everywhere and they could cut some… Read more »
Mike Roark
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I’m with you. This cutting across the board crap is just because we don’t have politicians with the guts to make those choices. Yes, the military does have waste that can be prevented but you are correct, gutting it is not the answer but the Left has an agenda. It really isn’t about cutting the budget, it’s about weakening the military and our country. There are billions to be saved in the bloated system of federal bureaucracies but the left won’t touch that because that is how they pay their base and the money they spend on unions and contracts… Read more »
Reba
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It’s the lazy person’s way. A couple of years before I retired they started merging lines together. You couldn’t tell what was what because it was combined. I loved what I did my whole career and I still miss it, but they keep making changes for the worse. It’s frustrating to watch and it will take someone that knows and understands the Government Budget to clean it up.

Mike Roark
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I did see that. Very interesting but we will need more corroboration. I hope someone can follow up.

Reba
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It makes you wonder who is out there that has finally had enough of them taking our country down.

tblair
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As far back as I can remember, part of the thrill of playing ball on a team was to hear the cheers of the crowd. Especially from my loved ones. Why does Justin Brown want to deny players that integral part of the experience? Also, when our team was being defeated by the opposition and their supporters cheered, I had to learn a very important lesson about sportsmanship. Of course it is a bitter pill to swallow when one must leave the field that is being showered by the celebrations of the other side. But one must learn to deal… Read more »
DMcG
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I think Justin Brown needs to get a red card and be sent far from Post Falls. Boston, maybe. Or CT, where they seem to have their share of fascists.

Scooter Lattig
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Ahhhh. The liberal mentality. Throwing feces on the wall of their intellectual cages.

Myk Nelsen
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First off you should never make a sweeping statement like you did, especially when you are a Seattle fan (most likely from Washington or thereabout, look at you state first). Second I am a liberal and take great offense, I think this genius should be removed from his position. During the Bush years, my niece and nephew we playing soccer and they did not keep score back then. Because you could not label the kids as losers. I could not bring them lunch if I went to visit them in school, because the others kids had to eat what they… Read more »
mrpiddles
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And your point?

Myk Nelsen
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Okay maybe a paragraph was too much for you to comprehend, so let me break it down for you. People should not making all inclusive statements, that divides and builds walls. Clear enough.

Connie Alsip
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BS!! Screw that! Games ARE competitions, for God’s sake! Cheer for the good players, know they appreciate the effort. You PC idiots make me crazy! You cheer for ALL the kids, and not cheering is the pits!

Debra Steffen
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Buearucratic Bullshit!!!!

Marty Torrez
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We have been taken over by Aliens from another galaxy, that is the only explanation that makes since!

Reba
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I suggest the parents get together and demand they remove him.

jim wood
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I agree it’s going too far. But some parents go overboard with their cheering, and I was one of them. I’m sure I embarrassed my kids at times.

joepoli
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Idaho has been taken over by Left Wing Easterners and nuts from California.

Americans against TeaBillies
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Idaho is full of polygamists and racists.

mrpiddles
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I support polygamy!

Zach
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You’re stupid as hell and have never been to Idaho

Shalee
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Wow….that’s the most close minded, stupid statement I’ve seen in a LONG time. When was the last time you spent time in Idaho asshat!?

Morrill Turpitude
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Lots of luck trying to put me in the penalty box. Red card, no cheering–sounds like soccer.

Michael Sultana
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What a crock…first leftie that tried this on me or my family is gonna end up on their ass. What the hell is happening to the U.S ?

Shirley Ujest
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Are you serious? NO Cheering?! Wake up America! The inmates have taken over the asylum. ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE? For heaven’s sake and the sake of the Republic, get out, vote and get these fools (politicians and “educators”) OUT of our lives and schools. Yes, you CAN in the schools – by changing the School Boards. And do us all a favor – if you don’t like somebody in the “party” – vote the line anyway; it’s “down-voting” (not voting for someone when you’ve voted for the rest of the party) that has let these fools in. GET TOGETHER… Read more »
James DeSeranno
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Mr Brown needs an attitude adjustment. I would cheer at that. GET RID OF THE CLOWN.

mr_reality
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Would anyone happen to have Mr. Browns twitter name? Maybe he needs to hear from the people “in the stands”

BarbGene
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Stupid, stupid, stupid. I guess he’d have a hard time inforcing it if everyone cheered.

Michael Sultana
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What the hell is happening to the U.S. Where do these Mr Brown’s come from and how do you even tolerate them. Here in Australia this leftie would end up in a bush grave.

Terri Sturgill
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Well then… let’s just get rid of the sports program all together. Put the gym classes on treadmills and then if the if the student really likes physical activity. maybe his parents will by get him/her a treadmill of their own for after school participation. And. oh yeah, gotta
make it a treadmill that has not calorie, distance or speed readouts because that would promote competition.And finally, for Mr Brown… no team at all to coach! Congratulations… oops, that’s cheering?!

mrpiddles
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New strategy… go cheer for the opponents! Bwwuuuaaaahahahaaa!

Robbin Andrews
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Why even have sports for the kids then? Why have debate teams, why have grades, why have school, why have college, why not just communicate with eye signals, or is that to confrontational? What a sissified society we have become. SMDH!

Ralph
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In Idaho? Why don’t the parents just take those school “officials” out back and just kick the shirt out of them?

Tread7
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OMG….

MotherBatherick
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Michelle obama and Justin Brown; true examples of “knuckleheads”.

Imtoooldforthis
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Justin Brown needs to NOT work with children and get some really good therapy. I think every adult that works with children and thinks that competition is wrong should be tied up with a basketball net and made to eat shoelaces with tomato sauce for dinner.