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So, my big girl graduated from intermediate school (5th grade) today. She is special ed and it is a big deal for her. We asked for and got some extra tickets so her younger sister and her grandparents (not in good physical shape) could see this great event.
I got on line at 8am (2nd in line) to make sure I could secure enough seats for all of us to be able to see her. The teacher suggested we go to the balcony since she was sitting to the rear and the balcony had the best view of where she would be. The main floor filled quickly and the balcony was the overflow. The mood got ugly up there. The grandparents arrived, took the seats we saved for them. People who couldn't find a seat were standing in front blocking the view of the balcony seats prompting calls of "down in front". This older guy (late '60s, I would say) starts unloading on me for saving the seats. He doesn't let up and is in my face. I finally ask him "excuse me sir, what time did you get in line in order to get good seats for your family?" He didn't like the question and starts telling me how that was unimportant and his family deserves seats regardless of what time they got on line and how dare I save seats for my family.
Here is where I was out of line and regret that I contributed to the escalation. I said "life is full of disappointments". His response was that he was going to "knock my teeth in". I asked if he was threatening me and he responded with "I don't threaten, I take action". At this point, my little girl was hysterically crying. I turned away from the guy to comfort her and the delightful gentleman turns over his shoulder to call over his son, who now demands of me whether I got a problem.
I had ceased talking as I saw no good could come from this situation and by this time, my lady is up and talking to them asking if they need seats. Within seconds, my little girl is on my lap where she stayed for the entire graduation and her seat is offered (and accepted) by the wife of the older gentleman.
The ugly mood up there lasted for he whole event although there were no further incidents.
It was disgusting to see people acting in an intimidating fashion at a grade school graduation on school grounds. I regret that my words, spoken while the engagement was still conversational appear to have provoked someone with very little self control.
This event came a few weeks after a Father's Day event where the fathers played dodgeball against their 4 th grade kids. I was lofting the dodgeballs and got out early in the game. While on the sidelines, I watched fathers throwing the balls at full speed trying to win, resulting in several crying kids. The teacher had to remind them that they were throwing at 9 year olds. It was shocking to see the behavior of some of the dads. All he jerks seemed to recognize each other and give high fives while the rest of us stared in disbelief. I can only imagine that the dad's who were jerks were the same jerks and bullies from school that never changed.
I wish I had something positive to add. Clearly poor behavior from kids comes from their role models.
 

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drilling balls hard at little kids? these adults( using the word loosely) were the kids back in the day who were always picked last in gym class and took balls to the face in the game themselves.
 

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I would really like to go off right now but I am going to refrain. I would like to say sorry for you having such a bad experience at what should have been a really nice day for your family. Congrats for your little girl though on her moving up ceremony.
 

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I would really like to go off right now but I am going to refrain. I would like to say sorry for you having such a bad experience at what should have been a really nice day for your family. Congrats for your little girl though on her moving up ceremony.
Thank you.
 

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My son's 6th grade graduation was tonight. In that situation I most likely would have put my daughter on my lap and offered the seat to someone. But as soon as he demanded I give up a seat because of his poor planing poop would have gotten real.

Some guys here like to tease me for living "In the sticks" but there's a lot to be said for the fact that my son's graduating class of 2020 currently has 99 kids and I'm on a first name basis with 50-60% of the parents.
 

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In the end you did the "right thing" !'its very easy to stoop to level of ase holes out there... But you can can be frustrated as a man .... But proud as a father ... There's always the right place and time for an Butt whooping !! Graduation , sporting events an all other children oriented events are not the right ones.
With that said I would not have blamed you if you chose another route!
 

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Probably the same aholes who yell at their kids at little league games.
I want to yell too, but the team has a coach and a parents job is to get the kid there, cheer and buy pretzels. Baring that STFU!
 

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All I read was a missed opportunity to throw someone off a balcony. A BALCONY!!! Serious bucket list item right there.

Plus, you make my daughter cry and I will not hesitate until I feel you have felt an equal amount of pain, hers is emotional, yours will be physical. I promise. Scumbag.

Good job not ruining the event, but I would not have given him a snot rocket, much less the seat of the little girl he just made cry.
 

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This I why I dont make eye contact or speak with ANYONE at any of my kids doings. I trust none of the scumbags around me and assume everyone is an Butt-hat waiting for an excuse to speak. My kids first soccer game was like waiting to be called into a cage match with the other parents. I will not tolerate any form of entitlement and im quite certain my voice would cause some trouble.
For the sake of my children, I keep to the corners and avoid all potential conflict. Sometimes I am surprised by who I meet but often I am proven right in my judgment for anti-socialistic behavior.

You were the better man for not knocking that schmuck on his A$$
 

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You showed great restraint !
The world we live in encourages this type of behavior. If more people like him got punched in the mouth everyday the world would be a much better place!
In my not so distant past i was always quick to swing, and a physical threat to myself would have certainly led to a quick strike before he got all the words out.
Now that my hair is greyer and I have a lot more to lose , I find myself much more tolerant of butt holes like that.
Im quite embarrassed for some of my actions as a younger man (even though they deserved every last bit) especially a few that took place in front of my kids. Long story but when you show up at the grandparents house for thanksgiving and the first words out of your 4 yr olds mouth is " daddy beat up the guy at the gas station! " its time to let butt holes be butt holes and walk away!
 
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