A push for peaceful spectating

By Jack Robaszkiewicz
Lifeatstart.com reporter

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love attending after school sporting events such as the football and basketball games. I’m a very busy person, so these activities give me a chance to unwind and catch up with my friends. However, I have noticed that more and more people like to start problems at these events and ruin it for everybody else.

On October 20, 2017 I attended the Start vs. Rogers football game. It was our last home game of the season so I figured I would go to have a good time. Everything was going well until the start of the fourth quarter. I look to my right and see a massive group of people throwing water bottles and acting like fools. Police rushed over to the area and several people started to run away. At this point I decided it was time to leave. I said goodbye to all my friends and proceeded to walk out to my car. When I got back home, I learned that after the game somebody had a gun and fired it two or three times. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

This is my last year of high school and I want to enjoy it without other people ruining it. It’s rare to go to a football game without some type of altercation breaking out between people. The sad thing is when these events start to happen, spectators do not try to stop them. Many try to make the conflict worse by instigating the issue. Before you know it, several people are caught up in the situation. I hope as the year goes on people learn how to conduct themselves properly at these functions. If not, then I may stop attending them altogether.