Just File A Lawsuit
Sara Beckman got screwed. In a Reno, Nevada spelling bee she spelled the word "discernible" correctly but the judge says she was wrong and so she was eliminated. That sucks.
But what was her parents response? File a lawsuit. What kind of lesson is that for an eigth-grader. Life is full of disappointments. Life is often unfair. You just have to learn to deal with it. You can't go around filing lawsuits everytime something doesn't go your way.
I blame lawyers for this. They have promoted this attitude that has developed in our country. Everyone is a victim. There is no such thing as an accident. If anything bad happens to you someone must be to blame so sue them. You're entitled to compensation!
I also blame the parents. Sara's mom sounds like one of those parents who lives vicariously through their children's successes to make up for their own failures. The kind of mom who enters her daughter into beauty pagents at age three. The kind of parent who attacks the coach at a little league game cause their kid isn't getting enough playing time.
Sarah will probably get over this fairly quickly. Her mom never will.