Published on Saturday, October 31, 2015 by The Norseman Staff
With the insanity that comes with high school football in Texas, many things happen on the field that could become problematic.
Recently, in San Antonio, a football coach suggested to his players that they ‘take out’ a referee after the referee allegedly used racial slurs toward the coach and players.
Since the coach held an authoritative position, the players claim they blindly followed his orders to take out the ref.
This event begs the question: Should teenagers give in to every authoritative pressure?
Authoritative figures and submission has been studied in psychology for years. People’s willingness to obey another individual, based on position alone can is both beneficial and scary for society.
While it’s important for teens to stand up for they believe is right, they must also be able to evaluate what is worth fighting for and what is not while always demonstrating a level of respect.
When a teenager is told to do something that conflicts with their understanding of right and wrong, they have a duty to voice their opinion and take a stand.
Youth does not translate to sheep-like behavior where everyone blindly follows the leader because they are in charge.
Instead, youth is about learning how to pick and choose battles and figuring how to stand up for what’s right in an appropriate manner.
It is important to point out, that this does not mean teenagers, or people in general, should buck the system every time they don’t get their way.
Taking a stand against authoritative figures should be thought out and not be about merely catering to personal comforts or desires.
The situation should carry significance in some way and be about ensuring boundaries aren’t being crossed and the correct decisions are being made.
-The Norseman Staff