Sunday, September 19, 1999

8 teens arrested in brawl at football game; police concerned

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MOUNT HEALTHY — The arrest of eight teen-agers after a Friday night football game has Mount Healthy Police Chief Al Schaefer worrying about the lack of parental supervision at the games.

        Curfew for young people in Mount Healthy is 10 p.m., but Chief Schaefer said police are lenient Friday nights during football season because the games run late.

        “Parents will usually drop off their kids at the field and then pick them up after the game ends,” he said.

        The 9:30 p.m. brawl at 1803 Adams Road followed Mount Healthy's 49-6 victory over visiting Taft High School.

        It started when a 16-year-old Mount Healthy boy pushed an officer who was trying to get him to return to the bleachers. No one was seriously hurt.

        “You know how it is, kids get in groups ... everybody's emotions are up,” the chief said.

        He added he wants to meet with Mount Healthy High School officials Monday to discuss what should be done to prevent this from happening again.

        The tussle was the first at a football game here in 15 years. And this one took the help of Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies — as well as officers from Springfield Township, North College Hill and Forest Park — to break up.

        Most of the 300 teen-agers present were onlookers, the chief said. By Saturday, six of the eight arrestees had been turned over to their parents.

        A 12-year-old girl and the 16-year-old boy who pushed the officer remained in custody.

        The girl, who was not identified because of her age, is accused of attacking her younger brother.

        The boy, who also was not identified, is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

        Mount Healthy Superintendent David Horine said he would be willing to meet with Chief Schaefer. He said other districts have policies that prohibit students younger than high-school age from attending the games without supervision.

        “This may be premature but this might be something we need to look at,” he said.


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