I’VE given some thought to Gabrielino High School’s decision to cancel last week’s varsity football game against Duarte. Near the conclusion of the freshman football game between the two schools at Duarte last Thursday, gunfire was heard near the stadium. Gabrielino players were huddled near midfield until the police arrived. The frightening moment caused Gabrielino officials to postpone Friday’s football game at Duarte in the interest of safety. I understand that decision considering the fear it must have caused both football teams. Heck, I ducked for cover like a frightened baby during Monday night’s thunderstorms, so I feel for the players, fans and coaches who had to deal with the chilling sound of gunshots. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It turns out the gunshots had nothing to do with students from either school, or the participating football teams according to Duarte principal Bill Martinez. It was an off-campus incident between idiots who had nothing to do with the game, and everything to do with spoiling a good time. Thank goodness no one was injured. But the question to play or not to play is a debatable one. Martinez wanted to play Friday’s game. He even offered to play the game at Gabrielino. He obviously felt the shooting was an isolated incident and that hosting Gabrielino would be like hosting anyone else, regardless of what happened the day before. Seriously, what makes last week’s game any safer than the next home game? But Gabrielino officials wanted nothing to do with it. They thought like parents who do what most parents do when a situation like this happens near school. They pull their children out of class and take them home until they feel it’s safe to go back. These are two logical and understandable opinions. Which is why both decisions should be respected, leaving only the question of what would you have done? Personally, I would have played the game. I never like idiots controlling our fears. I don’t walk the sidelines every Friday night fearing something like this could happen, but I know it could. And if it does, and I’m fortunate enough to walk away from it, I’ll be back on the sidelines the following week. What am I supposed to do? Stay home and lock the doors? A few years ago there was a shooting following the conclusion of a high school all-star game at Pasadena City College, and it led to the postponement of the event at PCC the following year. Who loses? The seniors who watched the event growing up but couldn’t play because of a few idiots. Muir and Pasadena High Schools play their boys basketball games in the afternoon because of safety concerns of having the games played at night. Who loses? The parents and alumni who like most people, work during the day and have to miss the game because of the fear that idiots cause. There’s nothing wrong with administrators who make those tough decisions, because they’re doing so in the interest of safety. But I do hate that the idiots control how we think. Then again, what are you going to do? — Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!