You Can’t Talk ( by Carley Evans )

Shelly Miller, a father in Indiana pummelled an assistant coach into a state of unconsciousness because his daughter was ordered to run laps after fighting with a fellow player. Wynter Goodwin, a friend of the father, defended him, incredulously saying:

“If the coach is [expletive] with your kid, what are you to do? You can’t talk to him.”

You can’t talk to him? Really?

The media coverage indicates the father didn’t speak to the assistant coach at all, just struck him in the face, knocking the man to the ground. Then he climbed atop him and continued to beat him until the senior coach, Robert Johnson, pulled him off.

Not hard to imagine a man losing his temper, rushing to judgment, striking out without thinking. What’s more difficult to comprehend is its acceptance as normal by his friends. Somehow, it’s normal that young people be allowed to fight in school, that young people not be disciplined by their elders, that authority be challenged not with words but with fists, that you can’t talk.

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2 thoughts on “You Can’t Talk ( by Carley Evans )

  1. mtsweat says:

    Sad story, Carley. Unfortunately, violence seems to be escalating in communities all over America. In our area of the country, it’s impossible to even keep up with all the tragic news. Before one story can be reported, another is breaking. The life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ is desperately needed. God bless, good friend.

    • lambskinny says:

      Sadness abounds in our world, doesn’t it? Just look at the recent shooting of an unarmed young black man in Florida by an armed vigilante! No arrest because in Florida one has the right to shoot someone who only appears to be threatening! Talk about injustice! I’m actually considering never setting foot in Florida again! at least not until that law is changed.
      Now this is not to say we shouldn’t be able to defend ourselves, although Jesus clearly teaches us to “turn the other cheek” and “go the second mile with the one who asks us to go one mile” and to “give not only our cloak but our shoes as well” — my paraphrase there!
      Anyway, thanks so much Michael. God’s blessings to you and yours.

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