Put up or shut up. The best war ever.

It took me a year to figure out I didn’t want to be the Principal of a very cool non-traditional high school in Knoxville, Tennessee called Laurel High (across from Laurel Theatre in Ft. Sanders). My best buddy (who taught Science & can drink me under the table) Sheri and I devised a scheme to motivate our Seniors to come to classes. If they came to 80% of their classes, they got to attend a boxing match between Sheri and I at the end of the year in the front of the school. We hyped it like you wouldn’t believe! She was “Boom Boom,” and I was “The Quickness.” The students, faculty and parents placed bets on which of us would prevail. I threw the first punch (no surprise there) but didn’t connect well. Sheri came back and got me square across the jaw.
And then she stopped the fight. She said the look on my face was too much when she hit me. Almost all the students thought Sheri would kick my hiney, so when she stopped the match—only 2 students won anything…and they won big. There is a picture of me in gear, with my Peabo Bryson t-shirt on—looking a bit dazed—on my refrigerator. Sometimes you have to get in the ring.


Liberal MP Trudeau and Conservative Senator Brazeau fight during their charity boxing match in Ottawa

Canadian Members of Parliament, Justin Trudeau and Patrick Brazeau boxing for charity.

Someone once suggested that, instead of sending young men and women to war, we should round up all of the world leaders, put them in a field somewhere and let them duke it out among themselves. Sadly, this suggestion, while a good one, won’t solve the issue that war is profitable. The above photo is from a boxing match that took place last year between Canadian MPs Justin Trudeau and Patrick Brazeau. This match raised $230,000 for Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. If this kind of cash can be raised with just one local match lasting just 2 and a half rounds that didn’t even air on pay per view, imagine how much could be earned by a world leader boxing tournament.

We could separate the world into 4 quadrants, using the equator and the International date line as…

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About Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Loosely connected facts: Storyteller. Curator of a Better Internet. Lifelong Politico. Social Media Maven. Creativity and Empathy Evangelist. Performer. Creator of Content Worth Sharing. Digital Strategist. Former Social Worker. Decade teaching in Higher Ed. Master's Degree in Theology. Married to an Irishman. 3 darling kiddos. Preacher's kid. Appalachian. Music maker. Music devour-er. ENTP. Bohemian. Geeky. Obsessed with thrift stores and all things vintage. Lover of species.

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3 Comments on “Put up or shut up. The best war ever.”

  1. windupmyskirt Says:

    Thank you for the re-blog and the very funny story. Both are highly appreciated.



  2. Ann Says:

    Did you know Laurel High School is no more. How sad.



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