Some kids that are good kids

We’re told that (US) football builds character. Maybe it does for some, but for many it builds a taste for violence and a sense of entitlement, to put it politely.

Football didn’t teach a group of Pennsylvania boys not to beat wild animals to death with baseball bats.

Five high school football stars in Pennsylvania have been cited after allegedly beating numerous animals to death and posing with their bodies.

The five teens are facing fines for illegally killing wild animals and then posting a picture with their kills on Instagram, according to WNEP.

The five area football players posing with baseball bats and dead animals: a snake, raccoon, frogs, opossums, and pigeons.

Not cute. Not funny. Not good clean fun.

The teens were cited and face fines. Four of the five cited were members of Southern Columbia’s state championship football team who graduated earlier this month.

Blake Marks, Austin Knepp, Gabe Delbo, and Nick Becker helped led the Southern Columbia Tigers To a state title in the fall.

Becker was WNEP’s Offensive Dream Team Player of the Year. Marks was also on the Dream Team.

Jim Roth, the head football coach at Southern Columbia, said, “Some kids that are good kids … made a bad decision.”

He added that “Some of these kids are not even aware of all the laws as far as small animals.”

The issue isn’t just the laws, the issue is cruelty. The coach doesn’t sound like a very thoughtful guy himself.

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