This is it. This is the dumbest thing that I have ever seen. North Carolina has proposed a bill that would let parents put concussed kids back into a game.
Let that sink in for just a second. With everything that we now know about concussions, it is absolutely ridiculous that this isn’t #FakeNews. I had to triple check that I wasn’t reading a headline from The Onion when I first saw this. Imagine compromising your child’s health so that they could return to play in what will ultimately be a meaningless high school game?
House Bill 116 would allow parents – not trained medical professionals – to make the decision as to whether their child returns to game action. Why a parent would want to make that decision is beyond me.
Of course Twitter weighed in with reactions to the absurd bill.
I have a bill: Any parent that wants to bypass concussion protocol @ HS level should be banned from gms. Oh and public rds, businesses, etc
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 27, 2017
@JOEL9ONE They should lose their kids if they're putting their health and safety at risk like that.
— Colin Moore (@cmcabo97) February 27, 2017
— Coach Quinn (@QuinnMT37) February 27, 2017
I received a few concussions during my glory days as a less than mediocre high school football player. However, I would be livid now if I had risked my long-term health to get back into one of those games. No way that this bill passes, but it is still insane that it is even being proposed.