Keep Your Eyes on the Kids Playing Basketball as Funeral Procession Goes By


It is so hard to teach kids respect, especially in this day and age where there are so many adult figures who rarely show respect to each other. These people have inadvertently become role models for our children due to the fact that the world available to them on the internet at their fingertips.

Rudeness is prevalent in this world and people get heckled for just voicing an opinion.

So, a picture of a respectful group of boys is a refreshing reminder that there still is some hope for the future generation.

The 10 boys had been playing a pickup game of basketball when they noticed a funeral procession going past the local middle school where they were playing in Louisiana.

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Instead of continuing to play, they all stopped what they were doing and took a knee out of respect for the family and the deceased.

Lynn Bickham Bienvenu saw their act of kindness, took a picture, and posted it on Facebook.

“While attending a family funeral the procession passed a group of young boys shooting hoops. Take a look closely. They took a knee not out of disrespect but honor,” she wrote.

“This meant a great deal to our family. May God bless each one as I feel they will achieve greatness.”

Bienvenu and her sister Johanna Stroud were mourning the loss of their cousin Velma Kay Crowe and were touched by the gesture.

After the picture went viral, many others commended the respect shown by the basketball players.

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“Hats off to these young men for showing such respect!! Parents, teachers and perhaps religious leaders can be proud,” one woman commented.

Apparently, this is not the first time students from Franklinton Junior High School have shown respect in this way. Local citizens told Inside Edition that coaches and teachers at the school have made a point to teach students the importance of showing respect when a funeral procession passes.

We are grateful for this group of boys for showing respect and providing an excellent example for other students to follow.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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