Coach not to blame
Re: “Coaching lesson”, (PostBag, July 11).
It’s exceedingly rare that I disagree with Khun Burin Kantabutra’s measured and sensible comments and advice, but in this instance I have to differ.
We should not be too quick to lay blame on the coach of the Wild Boars for the team being trapped in the Tham Luang cave. There is still considerable confusion about whether or not the Department of National Parks had actually “closed” the cave to visitors early this year, as this is the statement of only one DNP staffer that still needs proper confirmation. The known “evidence” at this point is limited to the posted signs that clearly indicate the cave to be closed only starting from July. As the team entered the cave June 23, it is imprudent to jump too quickly to the blame game.
It is also beyond normal expectations for the coach to have been aware of the oncoming extraordinarily heavy rain that hit the area only after the boys entered the cave.
Yes; caving can be dangerous. Yes; youth leaders must be judicious in looking after charges. But, let’s not coddle kids too much or try to completely protect them from every possible risk or danger in life. Part of the job of youth leaders is to prepare young people for the challenges they will face throughout their lives. When we get to the point where youth are shielded from all possible threats and hazards, the world will become hopelessly boring and we will stop evolving our knowledge and skills. Without some adventure and exploration, young people will have quite miserable and dreary lives. I’m not saying youth leaders should take unnecessary risks, but let’s not blame them for exposing kids to the wonders of nature and life, even if it sometimes involves a bit of risk.