Elmira (KMTR) – Elmira High School is making new rules governing its football games and some parents are crying foul over the way the issue is being handled.
The school posted the new rules on its Facebook page saying, “Children not sitting with their parents will be asked to sit in supervised youth seating.” Those who break the rules will be kicked out. The school says the changes apply to elementary and middle school students attending the games.
Elmira High’s principal says there have been some problems regarding lack of supervision and rowdy behavior. He believes this is the best solution.
Parent Bill Linn says he doesn't doubt there is a problem, but he wishes the school had asked parents for input before making the decision.
“I understand they're frustrated,” says Linn. “There were some kids that caused some problems; there were some parents that had some issues. So, let’s not punish everyone. Let’s deal with those folks. I’m looking for creative, safe solutions to a bigger problem and I think we need to bring those to the board immediately.”
Linn says he plans to present his ideas to the Fern Ridge School Board on Monday for making games safe and positive for all fans. His ideas include forming a parent action committee which would be responsible for assisting school staff during games and creating a voluntary space for teens to watch the game.