Parents worried football coach encouraged bullying

Parents in Hominy tell FOX23 7th and 8th grade players were encouraged to knee, kick and punch teaamates during football practice.

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justme - 9/13/2013 8:54 AM
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I can see that people think that this is all okay. Even reading the comments about this drill from a former player stating that they see nothing wrong with this behavior. They state that it's okay to punch and see how tough they are. Yes, this is just a football drill and I get that football players want to prove how big and bad they are, but what does this show the younger kids? The kids here are brought up with this mentality that showing how tough they are is okay! It runs rampant through this school district. Not just in a high school football drill, but from the elementary all the way through the high school. I've talked to parents of all of these age groups and it's something that needs to be addressed district wide, not just in this high school drill. Someone needs to fix it. So far, I have only heard of ONE teacher that has taken a positive stand against it and it truly concerned about the behavior of one of her students. And to that teacher, I commend her, but what of the rest of the kids that are being bullied in Hominy on a daily basis. If we address it as a whole across the entire district MAYBE this drill wouldn't be taken to the extremes that it has been.

BuckFan - 9/12/2013 10:34 PM
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Fox 23, if you want the full story, I suggest you interview some Hominy Buck football players, past or present. The majority of feedback seen on Facebook is overwhelmingly in support of this longstanding drill. Do you care to get both sides of the story?

Thorney979 - 9/12/2013 3:41 PM
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I used to go to Hominy Schools (Class of 2011) and this drill is no where as "brutal" as this article claims to make it. I was an offensive and defensive lineman. We didn't use this drill to "get revenge" on other players. We used it as a tool to work on breaking double teams. Yes, if you got pressed up against the wall, you got to be punched by the other two players in the stomach, but we were never allowed to knee or kick. And as far as "bullying" goes, they would rotate the group of three, so it wasn't used to single out a specific player. In my eyes, there is nothing wrong with this drill. Yes, it is considered "brutal" in today's football standards where everything is about making it more safe. But playing for two years on the Hominy football team, I never saw anybody get hurt or claim to be "bullied" by this drill. The coaches would pair up the groups based on size and skill, so everyone in the group was even in those terms. Everyone on the team loved this drill, it was one of those drills where you got to test your skills and prove how tough you were, and everyone looked forward to it. There is nothing wrong with this drill.
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