Seven East Texas school districts say no to unaccompanied students at sport games

Gary Martel, Diboll ISD Superintendent
Gary Martel, Diboll ISD Superintendent

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - School is back in session, but with every new school year comes new rules.

Diboll Independent School District is one of seven East Texas school districts that have implemented a new security rule that will no longer allow kids 5th grade age and younger to attend school sports events without a parent.

"It's our second year to implement this rule and this rule was put in place by our district executive committee, which is all of the seven superintendents in the 23A district that compete in UIL and compete in athletics," Gary Martel, the superintendent for Diboll ISD, said. "The rule is put in place basically to try to protect these students as more of a safety issue and also for the fact that the administrators and people working the games were having to deal with students that were below the fifth grade."

Martel says they haven't had too many problems with younger kids, but have had some younger kids run into elderly fans.

"If we catch a student that is there, that is causing some problems, we'll sit down and ask them where their guardian is. If they can't take us to that person than that particular principal of that student gets that information and contacts those parents and lets them know that the child will not be allowed to come back to the game," Martel said.

Martel says this rule is implemented at all of our their games, and will be enforced at the six other districts, including Carthage, Jasper, Huntington, Hudson, Center and Central. Students in sixth through 12th grade will be required to show their student I.D. badges at all events in order to enter by themselves.

If you have any questions, you can call the Diboll campus at (936) 829-6900.

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