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Policy Limits Students’ Access to HS Football Games

Jason Scott

After some unpleasant incidents involving younger students attending football games, including fights and calls to the police, a Pennsylvania high school is taking action.

The Morning Call reports that parents of students in the Greencastle-Antrim district received a letter informing them that students in grade eight and below will no longer be allowed to attend football games without adult supervision. 

The policy was based on examples in use in neighboring districts. Chambersburg Area School District already has a similar policy in place, and Waynesboro Area School District is enacting the policy this year.

The letter describing the policy said that while the adult doesn’t have to accompany the student throughout the stadium, they do need to be present on site in order for the student to be allowed into the game. 

If a student engages in inappropriate behavior, district staff will issue a verbal warning. After that, the student will be removed, “and the accompanying adult will be expected to immediately remove the student from school property.”

The process will likely involve some trial and error, according to superintendent Kendra Trail. Names will reportedly be checked against a list of students in grades nine and above.

What do you think of the new policy? Have you had struggles in your district with misbehaving student fans? What strategies have you employed to manage those situations? Let us know in the comments.

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