New Anne Arundel County Schools Superintendent, Mark Bedell, issued an online letter to parents, out of concern about violent and other disruptive behaviors at school athletic events. Mr. Bedell says that he understands that not all events are prone to disturbances and that not all students are prone to commit them, but he does want parents to talk to their students about the issue and he also issued the following reminders:
"I also want to be clear that we will have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to those who wish to engage in disruptive and violent behavior at our athletic competitions or any event, for that matter. Attendance at these events is a privilege, not a right, and those who wish to engage in activities that run afoul of school system regulations and, at times, the law should not be permitted to ruin the experience for those who attend these events to support our student-athletes. In addition to regulations at athletic events regarding student and fan behavior that have been previously established and in order that we can maintain our focus on the field and court, the following are in effect beginning with athletics contests of Friday, September 16, 2022:
- • All middle school and elementary school students attending athletic events must be accompanied by an adult.
- • Anyone engaging in violent behavior will be removed from the premises immediately and not be permitted to return to any Anne Arundel County Public Schools campus for any athletics or other extracurricular event for a period of 90 days.
- • Student-athletes who engage in such behavior will be subject to the regulations regarding athletic participation as stipulated in the AACPS Athletics Handbook."
The complete letter can be found here. https://www.aacps.org/athleticsletter