Ranking #1 on today’s “You’ve got to be kidding!” list is the Garage Boys Fight Crew in Carthage, Missouri. Make that the OMG!! list.
This is not a fight club like those in the movies, where groups of grown men decide testosterone, fists, and blood equal a fun “guy thing.” Nope. The members of this fight club are kids ranging in age from 6 to 14, and their proud parents cite the “discipline” and “sportsmanship” their children are learning.
Say what?! The only discipline these kids are learning is to get their pads on (some don’t even wear gloves); the only sportsmanship is to touch fists before their fight … er, bout … starts. The only skill this “sport” teaches, the only objective, is to beat your opponent into submission. This assumes, of course, that one of the fighters will have the maturity and presence of mind to submit (i.e., quit) in front of their opponent, their friends, their teammates, their coaches, and their parents.
Involving kids in such fights is a misdemeanor in most states. Even the movies depict fight clubs as secret, underground operations, with good reason.
Putting pads on the kids doesn’t make the GBFC any more acceptable; injury rates are not the point here. These kids are learning that fighting is cool and that their parents encourage and support it.
This would be child abuse if the parents hit the kids. What is it when the parents get the kids to hit each other?
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