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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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Skyler Shoe September 26, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Someone who can be gentle on this for once, thank you. Being a WHS student and I may know your son, it was just poor behavior and people make mistakes. Now of course I did not agree with the Student's decisions, the girl and her friends should have been the better person and just not have even come over then. And the overpriviledged thing is correct in some cases. There are some kids I know who do have way too much freedom and do mad things like these
Kris Janisch September 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Tristan, can you forward me the note? kris.janisch@patch.com
Skyler Shoe September 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Ok, that's where I am going to step in, sorry. I am be as most respectful as possible, but yes, I think kids do start to act the way their parents do and that's where some of these issues rise. Even when just joking around and saying "Oh do that play crappy again and blah blah". But come on man, hitting down on her son when you don't even know him?
Skyler Shoe September 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM
That is a simple lie. I attended and I saw none of the sort. I do recal hearing a little foul language but that happens at any football game. But none of this occured at the game.
Skyler Shoe September 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Thank you!
Skyler Shoe September 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I do not agree. The way I actually saw it since I sat right there, the Park girl and friends came over and mocked the WHS students. She could be easily as punished as the rest. Think of this like when the Lady in NY was bullied by some kids on the bus. They weren't severely punished, so why should these kids? And that case was even worse.
Jer September 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Wow, I almost believe the overabundance of discussion regarding a childish incident conducted by children could create format for Word Peace. I think the majority of you should follow the link: http://www.un.org/en/employment/ and apply for a job. Your professional, intellectual character is just what the morons seeking world domination are looking for. While you’re at it, ensure you motion to allow the rest of the world to determine what our constitutional rights should be. I have read several posts stereotyping a community and school as a whole. You refer to the act as bullying, disrespectful and just absolutely horrifying. Put out an APB to locate her, and contact the local authorities to conduct a Health and Welfare check. She may have ran away from home, joined a cult, and could even be contemplating hurting herself…All because she willingly put herself into a position that welcomed humiliating retaliation. I bet she has shrugged it off and has already fallen victim of her vicious ways once again.
Jer September 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Maybe I missed it but we haven't heard from the young lady who led her posse into the WHS stands with the intent of infuriating the already excited young fans. Nor have we heard from her parents, or the rest of her crew. Do you know how she felt? Those affected by the misbehavior do have a right to address the situation. However, I find it ridiculous that it was presented with such distaste, and total disregard for the feelings of the rest of the students, their families, and the city of Woodbury. As for the ROTC, remember they are just children as well. I bet if you have a child in the Military, thinking of joining or preparing to join that you will understand more than most. Let them be children as long as they can. Before long they will be turned into adults, leaders, and no longer a child. They will face your fears; death, discrimination, hatred, and atrocities. This little involvement in a childish event will not even compare to what they could be a part of in the near future. I know you will not only be glad, but proud of what they are willing to step up and do for this nation, no matter how ugly it appears to be.
Jer September 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Now, let’s conduct a little exercise. Read your posts to see if you can honestly say you have not ridiculed, bullied, or trash talked innocent people. People who were not at the game, did not participate in the activity, and most likely were not in the vicinity of the incident. I am guessing an overall epic failure. I too may have labeled some of you harshly, in my opinion you deserve it. If you are offended, well, now you know how it feels. As for myself, I attended the game with my family to include a younger child. I noticed commotion in the area where the overzealous high school students exercise their school spirit. I felt the children did a great job at placing themselves in their own section of the stands opposite of the band. Seems like strategic placing to me. They placed themselves away from the majority of the crowd so they could act as teenagers should and always have acted. I encourage my children to explore the rest of the world, and learn from it, as long as the lesson is the difference between right and wrong. I can only hope that I have instilled morals and values into their growing minds.
Chloe Spencer September 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I'm pretty shocked that this happened at WHS... this is definitely not our usual standard, and I can say that honestly, we're usually pretty decent kids. I wasn't at the game myself, though, so I can't give a personal account, but I can say this: no matter what the Park girl did, no one should have thrown things at her. That is uncalled for. But also don't think that PHS and ERHS students have never acted meanly towards WHS students, because that is not the case. So, if she really was acting vulgarly as was reported, then she should have been removed promptly by a school official and kicked out of the game entirely--of course, along with every single student that acted as bad as she did... which I hope is what happened, but I'm guessing not. I think that all high school students who have read this can take something away from this article, not just WHS students. We should all learn to have good sportsmanship and be polite and friendly towards one another: that is what I identify with as true "class."
k September 27, 2012 at 01:13 AM
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k September 27, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Kay^^ ..i think everybody at highschool games say stuff...its not a big deal..k...#youcanstoptalkingaboutthis...ive been to games where people do this ots just a littlw trash talking no big deal...growupplease and stop talking about this..
k September 27, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Grow up everybody..u talk trash in hs..so stop commenting
k September 27, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Eastridge talks more crap then woodbury...so youcan be quiet pleaseeeeeeeese
k September 27, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Whs
Leanne September 27, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Leanne It really does amaze me how quickly people are willing to make assumptions and accusations without really knowing what happened. I think if everyone actually remembered what they were like at this age they would see there really is no difference between then and now. I have been to a large number of high school games of schools all over the Twin Cities. I have heard swear words said by an entire school as part of a cheer. Kids do stupid things...period. Parents need to call them out on their behavior because that is our job. But cut them some slack. To make generalizations is ridiculous. I certainly hope the young girl from Park's parents are having a conversation with her about her choices...it seems to be what started it. And hopefully the other parents are as well. I think the Administration is doing a great job handling the situation...not an easy feet trying to control the behavior of 1800 some students. If you all have kids, you know how hard it can be to get a hold of our own. No more bashing...it is so unproductive!
EJ September 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Jer - The intent of the writer appears simply to be that a small minority of WHS students treated a Park girl poorly, and inappropriate comments and actions took place in front of very young children. So, the expression that these issues, again specifically for a minority of students, should be addressed is appropriate and an appropriate point of dialogue. Also, this should be embarassing to our community. Corresponding with this is a perspective that the chants about Woodbury having class has intended implications, and quite silly considering that Woodbury and Cottage Grove fall in to your standard middle class demographics. Finally, an individual in uniform acting the way he or she di, high school or not, is likewise embarassing. Does it mean we don't appreciate what our men and women in uniform provide for this country? Of couse not. The hyperbole and black and white responses to the issue by you, and others on both sides of this string are what is pathetic, even more so than the incident itself.
Kasey J. September 29, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I go to Woodbury High School, I have a GPA over 4.0, i have never gotten a detention, never been late to the class, I am part of the Marching Band, dont say all are spoiled brats because I have worked to get where I am. I happened to be right there when this went down. The Park High School student went up there and started swearing and dancing, (Quote) "What?! You don't like Park kids? Am I too slutty for you?" Sincerely, a proud WHS student
Kasey J. September 29, 2012 at 04:59 AM
THANK YOU
Kasey J. September 29, 2012 at 05:14 AM
What are your kids going to do when they're not with you? If you avoid it all together instead of explaining why not to do it, they will have no clue how to react, do you want that for your child?
James September 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Haha I enjoy your satire.
Woodbury Student September 29, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Sorry mama Flaa but there are many things that have changed. There is a section where teens can sit and where most of the adults sit. Like any sport parents and teens get frustrated when someone misses and will more than likely swear. Also the argument about it being an rotc member that threw something at the girl is not true. Actually more than half of this article is not true and got many students who weren't even at the game in trouble with their officers.
Woodbury Student September 29, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I agree with this and sadly since this article was posted kids in rotc and many other activities were punished that weren't at the game. Also the writer has many mistakes and should have gotten the full story first.
Woodbury Student September 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Again sorry mama Flaa but to be honest I could write an article on what really happened and I think I am going to. I saw this accident and truthfully what is told is not the whole story and has many errors.
Woodbury Student September 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Teresa this is correct the SEVEN rotc students were sending out small toy footballs because of this article rotc students that were not even at the game got in large amounts of trouble. I agree if she had time to write this than she could have used the time and had excess by just calling the school.
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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