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Biased announcing wrong at a high school football game!

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I recently attended a football game between Murdock High School and Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. The game was well played between the two teams, all impressionable and responsible young men, I’m sure.

One thing did bother me about the game. The Groton-Dunstable announcer, through tonal differences and other nuances, belittled and embarrassed the Murdock players. I’m not angry because my son’s team lost; I’m angry because his team was bullied by an adult in authority. It amounted to psychological harassment and crossed ethical boundaries set forth in Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association guidelines for behavior by home teams.

I urge the adminstrators at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School to remove the announcer from the booth for future games and announce plays including both teams. At least they can say what the opposing players’ numbers are.

The announcer should find a more appropriate venue for his speaking, maybe talk radio, Toastmasters, or even play softball where he can chitter-chatter to his heart’s content.

Next time, just let the kids play.

Sincerely,

RICHARD MAYNARD

Winchendon