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And Another Thing


Muzzle tough

Well, this sure sets a fine example for our youth.

I refer specifically to the part of it that says North Side assistant football coach Derrick Moore, who's been identified by North parents as being the individual who blogged about alleged racial taunts directed at North players last week at Huntington North, has reportedly been suspended from his duties. Presumably because he went public.

That might be an overreach on my part, if but if it's true, it's an overreaction on the part of Fort Wayne Community Schools officials. Because, whether it's intended that way or not, what it smacks of is slapping a muzzle on someone who saw an injustice and decided to call attention to it.

Ridonkulous. And, yes, a fine (not) example to set from an organization and a profession whose very function is to set an example.

After all, what's the lesson here? That if you see wrong being done and you speak up, we'll punish you for it unless you follow the proper channels (i.e., keep it out of the public purvey)? Because no matter what official-speak FWCS wants to put out there about it, that's clearly the message, or at least the perception of the message.

And as all of us ought to know by now, reality is 99 percent perception.

Shame on 'em.

Ben Smith's blog.