Volume 53, Number 38

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pickett County Schools fined for incident at ball game Saturday

Pickett County Schools fined for incident at ball game SaturdayBy: AMANDA BOND, Publisher
During the ball game last Saturday night against York, some of the boys basketball players and Pickett County fans fought during the last 19 seconds of the game.
After a technical was called on York's Coach Wright and during the foul-shot, a fight broke out. Fans from both sides came onto the floor where several of the York's basketball team were involved with the incident.
According to Director of Schools Diane Elder, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association notified the school administration Monday of a $500.00 fine for not being in control of the situation and a $250.00 fine because fans were on the floor.
According to the TSSAA handbook under responsibility of principal section eight: The host school is responsible for providing sufficient security to insure orderly conduct on the part of all spectators, which is why Pickett County Sheriff's Department provides the school with security at each home game.
Elder stated during Monday night’s board of education meeting, that the video tape clearly shows a benched York player hitting a Pickett County student/fan in the face before it escalated with the entire incident lasting 2:17 minutes. The school has provided video tape footage and a written report to the TSSAA as required after any incident at a game.
The TSSAA told the PRESS Monday that they are communicating with both school systems and are investigating the matter.
Due to this incident, the decision has been made to switch the players seating locations at games starting next home game, the Bobcats will be down by the cheerleaders.

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