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R.P. Jordheim, Fargo , Published August 13 2012

There’s a lesson to be learned

It is sad to read of the disgusting behavior of some of the members of the DGF boys’ baseball team. (The Forum, Aug. 8). Destruction of hotel property is not only thoughtfully stupid, it has serious implications as to what exposure the guilty ones have had to learning appropriate behavior. “Boys will be boys” is a lame excuse.

Disqualification from the tournament in which they were playing was justified as a partial penalty, but it should have come from the coach immediately upon learning of it rather than leaving it up to the tournament officials. Offering to pay for the damages was correct, but proceeding with their game would be no meaningful penalty at all. Hopefully the parents don’t come up with the money without contributions from the guilty ones.

This may be regarded as “a tempest in a teapot,” but it is hoped that it proves to be a lesson for all parties involved. This is one of the most effective ways to learn.