By now, many of you are aware of a situation that occurred at our middle school boys basketball game on Monday, January 9. Tempers flared on the court, which led to a fight involving participants, resulting in several fans rushing the court.
We take pride in our student-athletes and how hard they work to be on the court with their teammates. We understand the emotional nature of sports, but fighting will not be tolerated. It is never appropriate for fans to run onto an athletic court or field during these situations, even if they intend to break up a fight. We have officials and school personnel to intervene in these situations.
Attendance at these events is a privilege, not a right. Those who choose to engage in activities that conflict with our school system regulations will not be permitted to ruin the experience for those who attend these events to support our student-athletes.
As a reminder:
Student-athletes who engage in such behavior will be subject to the regulations found in the HLSD Student Handbook and HLSD Athletic Code of Conduct.
Anyone engaging in disruptive/inappropriate behavior is subject to consequences, and a potential ban from events and school property.
Our school system will continue to take appropriate steps to help ensure that venues for athletics and other extracurricular activities are safe and welcoming environments where supporters can focus on the event and not be distracted by inappropriate behavior.
I urge our families to talk to their students about this important matter so that we can continue to offer a full experience for our students and their supporters.
Superintendent Mark Tyler