My husband and I, along with two out-of-town guests, had a perfectly awful experience at the Tacoma Rainiers’ baseball game on June 7, courtesy of students from Lochburn Middle School in Lakewood.
All four of us are baseball fans, and we expected to be able to see and hear the game. Instead, we were surrounded by screaming, trash-talking middle-schoolers who paid no attention to the action on the field and made things miserable for the fans near them.
Two of the accompanying teachers can be singled out for failing to provide any supervision. Simple instructions from the teachers – about not blocking others’ views of the field, exiting only at the half-inning breaks, not stepping on toes, not hitting the heads of seated adults and not screaming in their ears – would have been appreciated.
Most baseball fans, us included, have zero interest in the social dramas of pre-teens, some of which seem to be X-rated. The only guidance we heard the male teacher provide was: You can run around wherever and whenever you choose.
There were hundreds of children in attendance at the game. The many Girl Scouts and the charming choir from Discovery Elementary School provided examples of well-mannered young people.