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Rolesville High School’s first football game Aug. 29 might have been “just” a jayvee game, but you wouldn’t have known it.
The entire town, it seemed, turned out for the event, filling the home team’s side.
The boisterous fans were surely the 12th-member of the Rams squad that night as they cheered, stomped on the bleachers and did everything but run on the field to help the Rams win the game.
As a reward, they caught a glimpse of what might be a glorious future for rivalry football as the match with the Wake Forest Heritage Huskies went into double overtime.
It was finally settled after the Rams’ squad hit a touchdown, 2-point conversion and held off a persistent Husky team for four downs.
Fans, or least some of them, got a glimpse of another kind as well. It seems a young woman gained admittance to the game (this was not a free game) in little more than a longish T-shirt.
One of our reporters, a long-time Rolesville resident herself, was in the stands, having finished covering an earlier Rolesville volleyball match. She, unfortunately, had a birds eye view of what followed and can attest to others’ accounts.
According to witnesses, the young woman in question shuffled her way across the open area between the ticket gate and the stands, holding down the sides of her “dress.”
When she got in front of the bleachers, she leaned over the fence — at which point everyone behind her realized the shirt and, well, her shoes, were all she had on.
A Rolesville police officer and another official quickly moved to block her, um, backside from view, and escorted her immediately from the stadium.
But that begs the question, how in the world did she gain admittance in the first place?
Not trying to pick on whoever was at the ticket gate — they might have been distracted by the game that was already in progress. But one thing has become glaringly obvious, and it’s not just at Rolesville High: the Wake County School System dress code that is usually strictly enforced during school hours, is tossed out the window for most after-hours school activities.
The current WCPSS student code of conduct “prohibits disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive, obscene or unsafe clothing or bodily appearances.” Shouldn’t this be the case anytime and anywhere on school grounds?
Admittedly, there are sports uniforms that would not pass the dress code if worn outside of sporting activities.
But fans at a game should be required to adhere to code.
Too often are young people seen with pants nearly at their knees or shirts pulled so low in the front that nothing is left to the imagination. It’s a really shame we don’t hold students to a higher standard at all times.
And it’s not just attire that has become a problem. Some student sections have become notorious for profane and vulgar language at sporting events.
What parent with elementary-age kids in tow appreciates hearing a student cheering section hollering, “Bull— ! bull—!” in response to an unpopular call by a referee?
Or yelling out what could probably be classified as hate speech as a means to heckle an opposing squad?
For athletic booster clubs who need to rake in every penny, it would seem making these events as family-friendly as possible would be good thing.
Hearing profanities chanted in the bleachers while wishing you could throw blankets around some kids because eye bleach isn’t an option are not good things.
Kudos to those assistant principals who quickly silence or remove students who cannot be bothered to check their foul language at the gate.
Meanwhile, we encourage Wake County School System, or at least individual schools, to enforce the student code of conduct, regardless of the time of day or event.