What would you do if a teenager you were supervising acted out of turn? Would you shrug it off? Wait to alert his parents? Or teach the young man a lesson on the spot?
The coach of a high school lacrosse team opted for the latter when he caught student Mac Breedlove butting in line while boarding a Southwest Airlines flight with his teammates on their way to a summer tournament.
Rather than let the incident slide, the coach made Mac apologize in front of the entire flight for his behaviour, according to Time magazine’s Newsfeed.
Captured in a YouTube video , which describes the incident as a “lesson in manners and humility,” Mac is coaxed to the front of the plane to read out a statement over the PA system: “My fellow travelers, today I come to you with great remorse. During the boarding process, I took advantage of this airline’s kindness. When some of my teammates were called to the front of the line, I was not. And yet, I cut in line and took a seat that rightfully belonged to one of you good people,” he read. (As Time explains, Southwest Airlines has an open seating system that allows groups of passengers to board according to how early they check in.)
The Austin, Tex., student continued: “I hope you will all find it in your hearts to forgive me, for I am just a young man that thinks I am smarter than I am.”
The passengers, who laughed and applauded, seemed to accept his apology with good humour, while Mac appeared rather sheepish as he walked back to his seat.
Parents, guardians and coaches, have you ever disciplined another person’s child?