Un­fair to Fair­field Prep

Connecticut Post - - OPINION -

The ed­i­to­rial on Fri­day, June 8 , “Prep must send mes­sage on an­ti­Semitism,” was on bal­ance, un­fair to Fair­field Prep and its com­mu­nity.

That in­sti­tu­tion does send a mes­sage about this un­for­tu­nate and un­ac­cept­able be­hav­ior in its mis­sion state­ment.

What this ed­i­to­rial does is quite com­mon when re­port­ing on these types of in­ci­dents — call­ing out the school or in­sti­tu­tion rather than the in­di­vid­u­als re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tions.

While the stu­dents at this sport­ing event, whether the ath­letes or spec­ta­tors rep­re­sent their schools, re­spon­si­bil­ity should be rightly placed where it be­longs.

No bet­ter ex­am­ple of mis­placed re­spon­si­bil­ity was the ab­so­lutely ab­surd sug­ges­tion that Prep should have for­feited their win. Talk­ing about pass­ing the buck! The so-called “bomb squad” who were re­spon­si­ble for this be­hav­ior did not put in the time and hard work that the ath­letes and their coaches did to get to that point in their sea­son.

Why should any­one sug­gest that they be pun­ished?

There is an­other mes­sage here about our so­ci­ety — tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for one’s ac­tions and suf­fer­ing the con­se­quences.

If this in­ci­dent was so aw­ful to war­rant front-page head­lines, then the cul­prits should have been named and held to ac­count.

How­ever the ad­min­is­tra­tion at Fair­field Prep dealt with this, a proper ac­tion would have been to deny those re­spon­si­ble their right to par­tic­i­pate in their com­mence­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

That would have sent a real mes­sage. Rudy Costello Bridge­port

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