Shakespeare would have loved this dilemma. After last night’s on-field incident at the Phillies – Cardinals game, the use of a Taser Gun on unruly fans is being questioned. Steve Consalvi, 17, is a senior at Boyertown High who made a very bad decision. He jumped onto the field in the middle of the game and ran around while waving a towel. Here is the video:
The prank was pre-meditated as Consalvi consulted both friends and family members before committing the act. In other words, he knew exactly what he was doing and therefore should have been prepared for the consequences.
And while those consequences may not previously have involved taser guns, my feeling is, if you play with fire, you are going to get burned. Many people around the Philly area are whining about excessive force. Get over it. Whether the person is 17 or 45 years old should not make a difference. How were they supposed to know his age anyway? The officer and Phillies staff had no way of knowing this person’s age or intentions and as such, he was a threat to the players and everyone involved.
If that were my very own teenage child who did that, I’d still vote to taser him. Then again, my child would never act this way; he has been raised properly. As both a parent and a high school teacher, I can tell you that the major problem with kids these days is a lack of discipline and/or total parental disinterest. Hopefully, this will be an important lesson learned for Mr Consalvi.
And maybe now people will think twice before attempting to make total fools out of themselves in Citizens Bank Park. Heck, if they vote to give tasers to the ushers too in order to control all the drunk idiots who are making descent fans lives miserable, I am all for that as well. It is time to grow a pair and stop babying America’s idiots! If we all considered the consequences of our actions before doing something stupid, the world would be a much more peaceful place, even with the taser guns.
You do not have to agree with me, of course. But watch your back; I have an entire arsenal of witty words directly at my disposal and I am not afraid to use them ;o)