After the New Mexico Activities Association took steps to stop fans from behaving badly, one district is looking into even harsher consequences for parents.
One Santa Fe school board member is suggesting that if parents can’t behave, their kids should be pulled off the team.
The Santa Fe Board of Education President Steven Carrillo says he would like the board to approve the proposal, which would toughen policies when it comes to out-of-control parents.
“They’re supposed to be setting a good example and all too often they’re not,” said Carrillo.
The Santa Fe Public Schools Board President says enough is enough when it comes to overly spirited spectators.
“When you talk to coaches and you talk to refs, the biggest challenge are parents and adults,” said Carrillo.
The push for a less rowdy crowd comes after the New Mexico Athletics Association said it will hold school districts accountable for spectator’s unsportsmanlike-like behaviors at games.
Santa Fe school officials say policies are already in place to make sure fans are respectful.
“If we see somebody acting inappropriately at a game is just very politely and go sit next to them, have a very basic conversation and reference our policies we have in place,” said SFPS Athletic Director Larry Chavez. “The NMAA bylaws that we abide by and make sure we understand that we are watching.”
If the bad behavior continues, the athletic director says the spectator would have a private meeting with school officials and have to show proof of taking an NMAA online course before they can attend another game.
The school board president wants to open the discussion about putting stricter rules into place.
“Of course the most extreme of which and the headline grabber was the idea of kicking the athlete off the team for their parent or otherwise adult behavior, and of course that could be seen as way too extreme,” said Carrillo.
Carrillo is suggestion kicking athletes off the team if their parents get in trouble three times at athletic events during the school year. However, the superintendent believes that is too extreme.
“I don’t want to see any kind of policy nor would I recommend a policy that would penalize the student-athlete because of behavior of spectators,” said SFPS Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia.
The Santa Fe school board president says he’s looking forward to other suggestions at Tuesday’s meeting.