WRENTHAM – All non-high school students, including elementary and high school students, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend King Philip’s home college football games after several instances of inappropriate behavior , according to school officials.
“In recent weeks, there have been several cases of young students exhibiting unruly, inappropriate, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behavior during matches,” KP Superintendent Paul Zinni said in a letter to parents which was also posted on the school website last week. âThis behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. “
There was a reported brawl during a game.
In the past, it was common practice for parents of elementary and secondary school students to drop their children off at games. They must now stay for the duration of the match if their children do so, school officials said.
âWe ask parents and guardians to talk to their children about their behavior at sporting events and we hope this problem will go away with the implementation of this new rule,â Zinni said.
KP football edged Milford High 17-14 on Friday night in the first home game after the new rule was introduced, and school officials reported a significant decrease in disruptive behavior by students.
The home side are 5-1 overall this season and run second in the league with a 3-0 record. KP’s next home game is Friday October 29 against Mansfield.
âAt King Philip, we pride ourselves on our sportsmanship and our integrity for all student-athletes and the student body,â said Zinni. “We have all enjoyed cheering on our team this season and wish them continued success.”