|To the Editor: Anthony Wayne students' behavior criticized|
|Written by Carol S. King|
|Wednesday, 30 September 2009 08:21|
To: John Granger
Anthony Wayne Local Schools
This letter is to complain about the rude and disrespectful treatment of our students by your student body on Sept. 11 at the Anthony Wayne - Otsego football game.
First of all, the Otsego band was virtually attacked by the students in the bleachers, specifically the seniors (identified by their senior shirts). Popsicle sticks, wet sticky candy and papers were thrown at the band members and their musical instruments, adhering to their uniforms and instruments.
Your students were rude in heckling and booing our students throughout the game, during the band's performance, and after the game (in spite of AW winning by a large margin). AW students were blowing their air-horns during the Otsego performance. The students were singing an obnoxious (vulgar) ditty to the Otsego students, too. Instead of lowering themselves to the same level, many of our students simply left after the half-time performance, disappointed by the grotesque and inappropriate behavior. Overall, this was a deplorable display of unsportsman-like conduct.
I find it difficult to understand how students were allowed to sit outside of the actual bleachers, and instead, hold on to the railings just above the field. This isn't only a safety hazard for the students involved, but does not separate the playing surface from the spectators. What would be the financial and human cost of a student falling?
As a resident and taxpayer of the Anthony Wayne school district, I am extremely disappointed by the disrespect and disregard for others by your students.
As a teacher at Otsego, I find it very difficult to explain such contemptible behavior to my students, or to my peers who question such. I have no answers, only sincere apologies to those involved.
The administration at Anthony Wayne needs to send a very clear message to the students about their behavior and to stop tolerating this as "kids being kids." The rude students owe the people that they trod upon sincere apologies.
Your administration needs to teach responsibility, tolerance and respect for others to the students. Basic human respect is expected of all.
Carol S. King
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