Bonita High School

Opinion: A minute or two of waiting in line at sporting events will not kill me

There’s a common belief out there that says to keep politics out of sports, but recently sporting events now require full metal detectors before games in response to growing terror threats around the world.

At first, I hated the idea of having to take out my phone and waste precious time going through a metal detector when I could be inside enjoying myself. Metal detectors slow you down a lot because when you’re running a little late to a game, the last thing you want is to be stopped to get searched for nothing suspicious. When you get there, you hear the national anthem and think you’ll make it in time, but once you go through everything, the first period or inning is already underway. Security checks take a lot of time out of the game and take away some of the fun too.

Going to a simple sporting event, such as a baseball game, is now like going to the airport — even if you don’t have a bag, you still have to wait in the line with people without bags. You may be thinking, “Why don’t you just get there early?” I would like to get there early but my family has jobs and traffic slows us from getting there on time.

I absolutely hated going through security checks at games, but then, the Paris attacks happened.

One of the places being bombed was a soccer match. Through a heroic effort by the security, the bomb did not make it inside the stadium. It was through that moment I learned why we need security checks.

I would hope that a terrorist would never come to Anaheim, but you just never know. If a terrorist can go to a soccer match, then what will stop them from going to any other major sporting event?

I wish that we didn’t have to have security checks, but we must keep as many people safe as we can. I had to learn that the hard way, but luckily, it wasn’t through personal experience.

I’ve learned through Paris that every security check has a reason. Having them before a game was actually not a bad idea because they were on top of the issue before it even became an issue for sporting events.

Sporting events are supposed to be a fun pastime, and if there are terror threats looming everywhere these days and the place is not safe, then something must be done. Families are a main priority and they should never risk their lives going to a fun event. Security checks give them a better sense of safety and allow them to have fun.

I learned that a minute or two of waiting in line will not kill me. We are all trying to prevent terrorism and if we have to miss a couple of minutes in a game, then so be it. I can live with that.