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Our View: It takes two to tangle

Last week, rowdy fans were reported at two area high school hockey games, Cloquet vs. East at the DECC and Cloquet at Greenway of Coleraine. These reports came on the heels of two other reports of National Football League games that were temporar...

Last week, rowdy fans were reported at two area high school hockey games, Cloquet vs. East at the DECC and Cloquet at Greenway of Coleraine.
These reports came on the heels of two other reports of National Football League games that were temporarily suspended because fans were throwing things on the field.
This goes beyond poor sportsmanship. It is one thing to boo or otherwise show disrespect for opponents. It is quite another when fans begin engaging in physical violence because of something that was said in the stands or that was done on the field of play. It suggests a sickening return to mob violence, where people stop thinking and lose control of their emotions.
At the DECC, seating arrangements inadvertently mixed students from both East and Cloquet. Better planning might have prevented most of the problems. However, it takes two to tangle, and the result was that a number of students from both schools made bad decisions.
Too many people are seeing poor behavior on TV and thinking that is the expected way to behave at a game. It isn't. A ticket gives no one a license to become a thug or to join a mob. Instead of attacking opponents, their fans or the officials, all fans need to concentrate on cheering for their own team.

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