While classes were dismissed for the election on Tuesday, the twitter-sphere kept busy. All any student, Hickman or Rock Bridge, was talking about was an article that appeared in Bearing News, RBHS’s online publication. The article written by Hagar Gov-Ari analysed the actions of the Rock Bridge students, particularly the BruCrew, during the highly anticipated district football game last Friday.
It describes the Rock Bridge students harassing junior cheerleader and P&G staff member Sammy Hall, dismantling our away-team bleachers, and even urinating on the bleachers after Roderick Beasley’s touchdown in the last minute of regulation.
Instead of feeling ashamed of their actions, many Rock Bridge students took the article as a direct insult and voiced their opinions online. One junior tweeted “It’s even more frustrating that it happened because an ignorant reporter grouped all RBHS students together.” OK maybe not everybody took part in the vandalism, but in a crowded fan section at a football game somebody urinating doesn’t go unnoticed. You can’t take the highroad away from the students responsible when you allowed a student to lower his pants and urinate right in front of you. How did somebody not say, ‘Hey man, I hate Hickman too, but put that thing away…’
In addition to unfair frustration directed towards Gov-Ari, Rock Bridge senior wide-receiver Cullen Parris, who didn’t get a chance from the bench on Friday night took his own cheap-shots at Hall. In a span of three tweets posted by Parris in less than two minutes sarcastically defended the BruCrew’s comments. One tweet said, “Rock Bridge is the only high school in the world with students that would make fun of a girl for being a HUGE whore.” Another said, “Making fun of whores is such an uncommon thing in high school.” And then to round-off Parris hyperactive twitter moment he posted, “Girls should be able to be whores without getting made fun of because teasing trashy people is wrong.” Parris quickly deleted the tweets after Hall took notice, but not before she managed to capture screenshots of them all.
One would think less than a week after Hickman students were publicly reprimanded and criticized for their postings on twitter accounts such as @HickmanRatchets a little bit of posting restraint would be shown.
It’s about time that Rock Bridge show some maturity for the first time this year. It saddens me that this is how the students contributed to an otherwise great atmosphere surrounding Lemone Field on Friday.
On the other hand, I’m proud of the Hickman class of ’13 and the school spirit we’ve shown this year. I guarantee the atmosphere at every one of these monumental wins would be different if our freshman, sophomore, and junior years had experienced great success on the field. My cliche point is: learn from your losses. It gives you something to cheer for. While Hickman was getting hungry these past three years, Rock Bridge got used to winning, and now their students don’t have the maturity to deal with loses.
Kudos to the Rock Bridge football team on a great season, however. I’m sorry that your fan section put your great performance on Friday in such a negative light.
Lastly, quit taking your anger out on an innocent journalist simply reporting your embarrassing actions, BruCrew. If anything have some spirit in the fact that your school has a wonderful newspaper that puts well-written stories like that out. If you really need somebody to put in the cross-hairs, consider this me putting my name out there.
by Cole Brendel