I am a teacher at a local high school. I also have a daughter who attends public elementary school in our county. Every year I look forward to, and dread, “Fair Day.”
I look forward to it because it’s an opportunity for my family to enjoy the fun, food and exhibits at the Florida State Fair.
I dread it because every year, as I am passing out those free tickets to students, there is a segment that talks about how they can’t wait to go there and fight. Note I said every year. And every year I exhort them to not embarrass themselves, their community or their families by endangering themselves by going and acting like fools.
Every year I make sure my family is long gone from the fair by sundown, because I know what’s going to happen.
And every year, that Monday they come back talking about who they got in fights with.
Make no mistake; this is a minority of the overall student population — black, Hispanic, white or other. But it is a problem that takes place every year, and I agree something needs to change.
Perhaps the fair should consider closing at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Student Day, clearing the fair, and requiring separate paid admission for a “Midnight Madness-” type evening. Otherwise, expect this behavior to continue and grow worse.