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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.

<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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