Parent Arrested at High School Football Game
Decatur (WAOK/AJC)-Another parent is in trouble after attending a high school football game. This time the incident happened at Decatur High School’s football game on Friday night. Police say the game between Decatur High and Twiggs County ended early when a parent rushed onto the field to defend his son.
According to the AJC, Parent Dean Rodney was arrested for disorderly conduct after entering the field of play with 8:52 left on the clock. Rodney told Decatur police he “acted spontaneously” after seeing his son shoved by a larger Twiggs County player after a play ended, according to a police report.
With Decatur winning 48-0, the teams’ coaches agreed to end the game early, said Decatur City Schools Athletic Director Carter Wilson.
Rodney’s son was ejected from the game for his actions after the play and will be suspended for one game, said Wilson. It was the first suspension for the 3-5 team this year, said Wilson.
Wilson said he could not recall a game ending early because of a fan’s actions.
“It’s definitely unusual,” said Wilson. “Nothing on the field seems any different, but there’s a lot more going on with fans and people in the stands.”
Three Twiggs players were ejected during the game and will also miss at least one game per Georgia High School Association rules.
Decatur rarely plays Twiggs County, located east of Macon along I-16.
In at least two other incidents a coach was injured after being assaulted by players of an opposing team and police in Carroll County Georgia say some parents tried to fight 11- and 12-year-old football players during a chaotic scene at a recreational game a few weeks ago. Both teams involved are serving suspensions and three coaches were issued citations accusing them of disorderly conduct and obscene language in the second incident.
Read more about the other incidents here