These lockdowns are having some tragic consequences
The COVID-19 lockdowns have certainly wreaked havoc on many aspects of American’s lives.
Certainly the economy is what pops into a majority of people’s minds as what the virus has effected most, but many forget the severe decline of mental health during this pandemic.
And this tragic story is a stark reality of the negative affects social distancing is having on our lives.
In Michigan a family is mourning the death of their 18-year-old son who was pushed to the brink by the state banning his high school hockey sport.
For this young man, hockey was an extension of his family, his outlet and without it, he slowly lost a reason for living.
The 18-year-old senior at Mona Shores High School died Jan. 18. His parents believe his death was linked to his depression.
Brennan was excited to be back on the Sailors’ varsity hockey team this season. Slipping on that No. 22 sweater alongside his teammates meant everything to him, said his parents, Brian and Rona Dethloff. His hockey team was an extension of family and it carried a far greater impact than any win or loss ever could.
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It was his outlet.
But once winter high school contact sports seasons were pushed back not once, but twice, that in turn pushed Brennan close to his breaking point, according to his parents.
“You could see it in his face and his body language and his demeanor that it just took it out of him. We both noticed it and did what we could and … ultimately that night, something set him off,” said Brian Dethloff. “You know, unfortunately, he chose to do what he did.”
In the days since Brennan’s death, the Dethloffs have been filled with grief and they search for explanations as to why high school sports and young people’s lives are still being interrupted even though coronavirus numbers are on the decline.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has barred ice hockey, boys and girls basketball, wrestling and competitive cheer from competition. All winter contact sports are only allowed to perform non-contact activity during team practices. Until Jan. 22, winter contact sports were set to resume in full capacity on Feb. 1. However, the MDHHS extended those orders until Feb. 21. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said high school sports could return in a matter of “weeks or days.”
It’s stories like this that really put in perspective just how damaging some of these sweeping measures from our government can be.
There’s only so much one can take when they’re alienated unwillingly from their friends, family and happiness.