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New Haven Public Schools Require Students To Be Accompanied By Sports Games Chaperone


The superintendent implemented the policy after several fights during last Friday’s football game between James Hillhouse High School and Hamden High School.

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – Students are now required to bring a parent or guardian with them to attend sports games at New Haven public schools.

The superintendent implemented the policy after several fights during last Friday’s football game between James Hillhouse High School and Hamden High School.

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“The people who were involved were trying to provoke serial fights and so it wasn’t something where you break it and it stops, it was you break it and you have to go break another fight,” Justin Harmon , director of communications for New Haven Public Schools, said.

The district said the policy is not just about football, but all sporting events and security will check IDs.

The district said they feared they had weapons.

New Haven PD came to help and no one was hurt, but they put a demand on the parents for the safety of spectators and children and to discourage people from coming and starting fighting.

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“It turned out that a lot of the commotion was coming from outside,” Harmon said. “They weren’t necessarily our kids or the kids from the other school, they were people who had come to the site for the specific purpose of fighting.”

FOX61 spoke to parents during Friday’s game between Wilbur Cross and Xavier High School, and they were on board the move.

“I think they are doing it for a good reason: for safety, for the safety of the children,” said Maria Marin of New Haven, who came to the game with her daughter.

Mike Gilhuly from Wallingford has come to support his two sons who play football for Xavier. He said he was okay with whatever needed to be done to keep everyone safe.

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“We certainly don’t want anyone worrying about being injured going out to watch a football game,” Gilhuly added. “We’re here to have fun and have fun, that’s the idea, and after missing out all last year, we’re trying to make the most of it.

The district is hoping it won’t be necessary to continue the long-term policy, but it all depends on how things go in the next few games.

Elisha Machado is a reporter for FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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