Sunday, September 21, 2003

Post-game rowdiness raises concerns

Mount Healthy High, council add supervision

By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

MOUNT HEALTHY - On the gridiron, the Mount Healthy Owls are enjoying a good season. But off the field, after the games, things aren't as positive.

The problems come as crowds go to post-game activities, said Mount Healthy High School Principal Jack Fisher. Rowdiness has followed games, reaching its height in a post-game brawl in one of the hotspots where youths congregate. One youth suffered a broken jaw.

"It's a concern. We've got businesses that want to close up Fridays because of it and we don't want that," said Mayor Ross Bittner.

The issue was discussed at last week's city council meeting, and city and school officials met Wednesday to discuss ways to handle the problem.

The schools and city agreed to have additional security at the next home game Oct. 3. There also will be increased street lighting on Adams Road.

Fisher said that the people causing problems are not students.

"Most of the time, the kids are just there to watch the football game and don't want to get anything started, but sometimes it just happens," said Amy Criswell, a senior at Mount Healthy.

A suggestion to change future games to Saturday afternoons, posed at the council meeting last week, was opposed by school officials. They said that might hurt an already struggling athletic department and undercut growing excitement about the team.

There's no doubt that the football excitement (has) returned to Mt. Healthy and we like to see that," Bittner said.

Some students think the concerns are overblown.

"Our safety is secure," said senior Kerri Potter, noting increased security at games. "Nothing's going to happen to us."

Brent Spence Bridge obsolete, dangerous
Do you drive the bridge? Rate the 'Fear Factor'
Photo gallery
15 deficient bridges: How Brent Spence compares
Accident stats show big rigs get a bad rap
History of the bridge
Who was Brent Spence?

PULFER: Dana Siegel gets the glorious gift of a second wind
BRONSON: A soldier returns from WMDs to BMWs
CROWLEY: Broadsides continue over sub
GOOD THINGS: Students help teacher turn 100

Oktoberfest today: Chicken dancing
German teens rate Oktoberfest 'like McDonald's'
Man to put gun, debate in open
Tourism officials excited by sub
Poor urged to go to polls

Jury award criticized
More to Madeira fest than fun, games
Montgomery, Sycamore: The next section's for you
Post-game rowdiness raises concerns
Regional Report

Speed trailer slammed by speeder
Mason schools to seek bond issue
Fairfield to break ground on community arts center
Survey gives Miami low marks on diversity
Miami lines up big names for lecture series

Nancy Neumann promoted peace
John Peter owned Norwood cafeteria

Ohio Bicentennial Notebook
Ohio Moments
Policeman accused of church break-in
Man freed from prison in child pornography case

Accused Covington teacher identified
Tobacco debate frays nerves
Murder warrants issued in 3 slayings