Bad Behavior at Brick Rivalry Football Game Criticized

Board may consider conduct policy

Board members and at least one member of the public called for better behavior at high school football games at a Board of Education meeting Thursday, after what was described as a plethora of foul language and overall poor conduct at the recent rivalry game between the Dragons and Mustangs.

"The language, the activities of some of the students and even parents, was deplorable," said board vice president John Talty, calling the display "a disgrace."

"I hope the administrators make sure that they take every action to make sure that this never happens again," he said.

After the Sept. 7 football game, hosted this year by Brick Memorial, township residents on Patch and elsewhere discussed the behavior of fans at the game, including some Mustangs fans who were said to be wearing shirts displaying the letters "F.O.B.," a derogatory acronym aimed at Old Brick.

Board member Leonard Cuppari agreed that the behavior of fans was less than stellar, but said district administrators tried as best they could to control those who were getting rowdy.

Patrick Kelly, a student representative to the school board from Brick Township High School, said administrators should not take the blame for the actions of some fans.

"I don't believe it's truly fair to blame the administrators of the buildings," he said, adding that announcements were made in school the day of the game warning against poor conduct, and students were "warned repeatedly" to behave.

"It is the biggest rivalry in this town," he said. "Things get out of hand."

One member of the public suggested a conduct policy for all fans – students, parents and visitors – be posted at the entrance to the games and fans who violate the policy be ejected.

Board President Sharon Kight said a committee of board members would look into such a policy.

concerned citizen September 22, 2012 at 08:10 PM
the problem is the town is split. i have to brick/brick sporting events and the rivalry is horrible. it seems that "old" brick is the one who gets away with things. they get the press and even the mayor shows favoritism to "old" brick. the town is so divided in so many things not just school sports. what a shame-
jjball September 22, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Old brick has more white trash and memorial has ghetto trash. It's just a shame they ruin it for the kids.
Fred September 22, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Cancel all sports programs until both High Schools are in the top third of NJ schools as far as test scores. What we have here are mental midgets for players with cretins for parents. Ever wonder why most of the highest academically achieving High Schools have the worst sports teams? Because they put their money in the classroom where it belongs. Grow up people.
jjball September 22, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Agreed....people act as if these kids ate headed for the NFL. Come on. Hs football for most kids is just an activity they enjoy while in hs.....how about focusing on what will really help them in life....an education.
jjball September 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM
prouddragonmom September 23, 2012 at 12:37 AM
sorry disagree strongly, football teaches alot, it prepares you how to work as a team, how to look out for one other, how to mentally & physically prepare yourself for a challange. how to win & how to lose, In alot of cases its a young boys only outlet, ( or girls) & often have seen great football player go on to become soldiers, there is a close comparison to the brotherhood on the field as there is in a brotherhood of soldiers... sorry you have never beable to experince that..
jjball September 23, 2012 at 12:42 AM
The point here is that, while the sport itself may teach positive things to kids, the rivalry and conduct that is going on is showing the kids very negative things...if the parents who are so involved and crazed at these games were one tenth as involved or concerned with the kids education, then they might have a chance.
Typical Obama Voter September 23, 2012 at 02:18 AM
There is a reason they are called "dumb jocks".
Seen Enough September 23, 2012 at 03:51 AM
OK 2 days of bickering and I still say play the game at 9am Saturday next year and you will see a big improvement. If not play the game without fans in the stands or cancel the game outright and have each school replace the game on their schedule with another opponent. No need to have the players punished. The tradition of the rivalry was lost when the game was moved from Thanksgiving. And PLEASE enough about who has the worse fans on which side of the town. There no angels running around with halos in either of these 2 schools. Bottom line Kight, Talty, Bruno and the rest of the Board of Ed need to do something and a code of ethics and conduct is not the answer.
jenny September 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM
People who are low lifes, are that way at 9am or 9pm. The only thing that would resolve this, is to eject people the minute they act up and to not let them in if their attire is inappropriate. How about posting a big sign at the entrance telling spectators that if they are ejected, their photo will be taken and posted there for all future games.
Seen Enough September 23, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Jenny the kids were already spoken to at school. Do you really think they are going to listen to more warnings? Who is going to monitor all of your suggestions? Who is going to check everyone entering the game to photos? Who is going to pay for this? The students and some of the parents are already out of of control. Play it at 9am and most of the bad apples will not get up early enough to attend the game. At least they will not have enough time to drink and do whatever before the game. Right now both high schools get out at 1:30. That leaves them over 5 hours to get tuned up for the game. The Board of Ed and Bruno needs to do something now and have it in place for next year. It needs to cost the taxpayers of this town $0, repeat $0. Playing the game at 9am eliminates most of the trash from attending the game and does not penalize the players and the people who are really interested in seeing the game. If not cancel the game and replace it on the schedule, the tradition is already gone. Its time for a simple and effective solution to the problem before someone gets seriously hurt. A code of the conduct GIVE ME A BREAK!
Seen Enough September 23, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Is it too much to ask the Board to do something at their next meeting. I heard one of them showed up yesterday to make sure no one was walking across their precious new track at the Brick Memorial Band Competition. Yes I know its an expensive investment and cost plenty. But the lawsuits that will follow when someone gets hurt if we continue to do nothing and play this game as is or better yet with codes of conduct will be even more expensive than your new track. How long will it take this Board to act when the solution is so quick and cost effective!
pullupyourbigpants September 23, 2012 at 02:29 PM
really because they have have to keep a certain GPA to play & if they fall under a "C" they are not allowed to play... point 2... I know of towns that stopped letting the parents go to the games. stopping a lot of the bad behavior... makes ya wonder how much of it is the kids???
pullupyourbigpants September 23, 2012 at 02:32 PM
code of conduct is drilled into the players heads... It not so much the players, its the people coming to the games & the parents in the stands, & Yes I have seen people ejected from games...
jenny September 23, 2012 at 06:05 PM
@seen enough.....its called the trickle down effect. The parents act like trash, and in turn their kids act the same way. If you start ejecting parents for their antics, it will serve as as an example. None of them are going to want to get ejected and miss the game. If these people thought there would be repercussions for their behavior, they would think twice.
rich September 23, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Thanksgiving or any morning/afternoon game would most likely solve this problem
Robert September 23, 2012 at 07:43 PM
the story is not about the so- called dumb jocks, it s about the fans and their behavior.
Seen Enough September 23, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Jenny were you at the game? I really don't understand what your point is? What do the parents have to do with all of those kids on the Memorial side shirtless and painted black? Do you think all of their parents were at the game? Do you think all of the kids on the Dragon side who were running around trying to cause trouble had their parents in attendance? Do you think the 15 year old boy and girl on the Dragon side at the 20 yard line were conducting a sex education class against the fence by the running track with their parents in attendance? Are there adults in attendance causing problems, YES. But there are far more many students (no parents in attendance) totally out of control at the game that must be dealt with right away. I agree at this point their parents are not and will never be part of the solution. Bruno and the Board of Ed must act now and I still say the quick and easiest solution is to move the game to early Saturday morning. The only people who will make the effort to attend at that hour will be the true fans of both teams. Otherwise just cancel the game.
jenny September 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Seen enough....all the things you cite as having occurred should have resulted in those people being immediately ejected. That is my point. If there is a zero tolerance policy enforced for this kind of behavior, then those people will either not do it or will just not come to the game. They do it because they can. Not effectively dealing with rowdy spectators is the same as condoning it.
Seen Enough September 24, 2012 at 02:33 AM
And who is going to do all of these ejections? Who is going to pay for this?
dragonmom September 24, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I understand that once side of town may use bad language, & the other side seems to asssult people & vandalize property... there is a big diffrence. another point..I dont know how other people feel but part of the event ( including profl. football games) is the banter ... BUT there needs to be a line .. I know from my son playing football for many many years... its not the players in most cases its the visiting teams parents...
betterdays September 24, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Part of the solution might be to get the kids from the two high schools to work together on something, rather than just bringing them together for events where they are opposing one another in sports. No matter what uniform the players are wearing, we are all neighbors.
Avid Reader September 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM
we are grooming them to participate in council meetings, so they know how to handle themselves.
dragonmom3 September 29, 2012 at 08:16 PM
My son went to HS game last night I asked him if there was any trouble with Southern kids, he said "NO only when Stangs are playing is there fights & people acting like idiots, other teams that come never any trouble".
betterdays September 29, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Dragonmom, there were no problems at last night's Mustangs v TR East game either. Let's not try to make out like one side is angelic and the other is the devil. The Stangs/Dragon game is a huge cross-town rivalry, you can't compare it to any other game. Not that excuses bad behavior at all but let's be honest at least.
<3 NJ or leave September 30, 2012 at 04:47 PM
correct ... as mentioned above it seems that Dragon kids curse & Stangs vandalize property & assult other kids, ( not even fair fighting they run away) SO your right neither are angels here & kids act stupid ,but in comparing .. rather have cursing , dont think that criminal behavior/ or act.
Joseph Bricktown October 01, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Foul Language & inappropriate behavior should not be allowed at a FAMILY FUN RIVALRY GAME, Everyones seems confused here as to how it should be addressed ?? Simple Treat it the same as if someone lit up a cigarette, Fine them & ask them to leave, It is amazing that Smoking a Cigatette in an open field is more of an actionable Offense than Foul & Abusive behavior !!!
Joseph Bricktown October 01, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Foul Language & inappropriate behavior should not be allowed at a FAMILY FUN RIVALRY GAME, Everyones seems confused here as to how it should be addressed ?? Simple Treat it the same as if someone lit up a cigarette, Fine them & ask them to leave, It is amazing that Smoking a Cigatette in an open field is more of an actionable Offense than Foul & Abusive behavior !!!
getreal October 01, 2012 at 11:52 PM
good point, but when did foul language become a crime? YES I would rather have my kids be around bad language, then someone smoking ... & foul language is diffrent then kids damaging property, fighting etc... I dont think anyone is in jail for cursing in a public place ...
kim j October 17, 2012 at 05:16 PM
funny that I happen to see the article, I saw & heard the way a coach spoke to one of his players this weekend, If thats what the coaches are doing to their own players I can only imagine how the teenagers may have overreacted, Its what they are taught Regardless of what a teenager may or may not do, as the Adult you need to calm a situation down not make it worse . From what I understand though, they all stick up for one another & ALLOW this to to happen * no disciplinary action is taken to the coaches, just the players very sad ...


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