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Letter: Ugly Fans at Woodbury High School Football Game

Writer asks that students show a little class.

I just wanted to write a note, as a concerned parent.

On a recent Friday night, my 6-year-old boy was playing football at halftime of the game at Woodbury High School. Suddenly, the majority of the student section began booing and many of the little boys from the field were turning to see why all the cheering had turned negative.

We realized a girl from Park High School, wearing her Park sweatshirt, had walked up into the section. The students from Woodbury were booing, yelling and throwing pop cans and garbage at her.

I was horrified that my other three children and the children of our supportive friends, whom we had invited, were witness to this poor sportsmanship.

We heard a young student yell, “At least Woodbury has class.” Another yelled, “Show some respect for Woodbury.”

Sadly, these students don't know what my 10-year-old noticed. She said, “Mom, there is nothing classy about throwing garbage at a girl.”

Also unfortunate—they are not aware that to receive respect, they should first give respect.

Most disturbing was an ROTC student, one of four on the field, who reached down, picked up some garbage and also threw it at the young girl. Such a shame that my 3-year-old boy, who always is excited when he recognizes a "soldier uniform," witnessed this behavior.

The police escorted the girl safely out of the stands.

My hope is that these Woodbury students felt remorse and realize that there are young children watching them. It would be appreciated if they set a good example. At least when all of the young junior athletes are present!

—Jen Gonzaga

 

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Woodbury Student September 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I agree with Skylar the only thing that happened near that was me being hit by a soft plush toy some of my friends for having East Ridge beads and yes language will happen at any football game no matter where you go.
Jermichael October 02, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Let's be honest. That is ghetto Woodbury. I wouldn't send my dog there.
Susan October 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Jermichael, does it make you feel important making small minded comments like that? There always has to be one village idiot I suppose.
Kris Janisch October 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Here's the letter to the editor in response to this piece: http://patch.com/A-ym88
WHS Student October 08, 2012 at 03:18 AM
It's perfectly safe for families to attend high school football games at any high school, Woodbury included. The students have their own "student section", away from families (which is why no adult stepped in). Also, wow...people make it sound like all of hell breaks loose in the student section. It's really not bad at all. Probably nothing worse than when you were in high school. Will a very select group of druggies show up high or drunk at the game? Possibly. Will the "superfans" get a little more into the game than they should? At times, but they usually don't chant anything too vulgar. If they do, they get kicked out by an administrator. Literally 98% of the students attending the game are just there to have a good time with friends. I'm truly sorry if a few of my peers caused assaulted the Park girl at the game. Again, please don't let this mistake made by a couple of some unbehaved students scare you away from attending a football game. Friday night football is an event that I encourage everyone from the community to participate in. Lastly, I was at the game and didn't see this unfortunate event. From what I heard, what happened really wasn't as bad as what was written, and that the Park student did/said some things to make the WHS student section angry. Again, I wasn't at the game, and can't verify what happened. God bless.

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