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    WI - Father faces charges after game incident

    The father of Merrill High School's starting quarterback spent the weekend in jail and faces charges of child abuse and disorderly conduct after authorities say he punched a student who ran onto the field during Friday's game.

    Several scantily clad students ran onto or across the field at Stiehm Stadium during D.C. Everest High School's homecoming game against Merrill, according to police reports and witness accounts. One student wearing only tight purple underwear, a cape and shoes ran across the field as Merrill's team was kicking for an extra point.

    Bobby Grunenwald, who is the father of Merrill's quarterback and kicker, became upset because he thought the prank distracted his son, Alex, and made Alex miss the extra point, according to the criminal complaint. The elder Grunenwald then left his seat in the bleachers, assaulted the student and swore at him, police say.
    Witnesses told police they heard Grunenwald tell the student, "Because of you ... my son just missed the extra point," before striking the student in the face with a closed fist.

    Grunenwald, 50, of W2546 Highway G in Merrill, made an initial appearance Monday afternoon in Marathon County court on the charges. If convicted, the felony charge of child abuse carries a possible penalty of six years in prison.

    As part of a condition of his $2,000 bond, Grunenwald is not allowed to attend his son's games unless he receives permission from the school's principal. He was released Monday from the Marathon County Jail.

    http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/wdh...70426948.shtml

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    Wonder if the principal will give permission? That puts a lot of legal responsibility on that principal.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    That's the sort of story I'd expect to find down south. Our 9 year old son plays football and some of these fathers are just disgusting. We've seen some pretty escalated shouting matches here - not only father against father, but fathers yelling at their kids when they miss a catch, etc. It's like the fathers are trying to relive their old football days thru their sons. It's such a shame. It takes the fun out of it for the kids.

    My son loves football, but we have never pushed him and if he'd decide tomorrow he didn't want to play anymore, we'd be fine with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules
    That's the sort of story I'd expect to find down south. Our 9 year old son plays football and some of these fathers are just disgusting. We've seen some pretty escalated shouting matches here - not only father against father, but fathers yelling at their kids when they miss a catch, etc. It's like the fathers are trying to relive their old football days thru their sons. It's such a shame. It takes the fun out of it for the kids.

    My son loves football, but we have never pushed him and if he'd decide tomorrow he didn't want to play anymore, we'd be fine with that.
    Oh no not just down south, the people up here are CRAZY about their football !! CRAZY !! My 8 year old plays football, and some of those parents are wild during the game.... The high school games are even worse !!

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    Good grief! What is WRONG with these people???

    I had to pull my son out of sparring at tournaments, he doesn't compete in those anymore. I just couldn't stomach the other parents yelling things like "Kill Em" and more colorful phrases during matches. There is something innately wrong with parents of young children behaving that way.

    I am the one quietly watching after patting my kid on the back and saying, "go have fun" & "do your best". I am also the one that claps for EVERY KID! I am usually alone in that behavior

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisag
    Oh no not just down south, the people up here are CRAZY about their football !! CRAZY !! My 8 year old plays football, and some of those parents are wild during the game.... The high school games are even worse !!
    I went to a few kid football games and cheered whenever someone reguardless of team did something good. I almost got beat-up!

    They're kids for goodness sake!

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    I had the same experience in ball hockey when my son was like 8 or 9.

    The Father treated this like it was the NHL, "yelling", screaming at the "volunteer" refs who were only teenagers.

    But after I "spoke" to him, using legal terms and methods and the other "mothers" concurred, he shut up, put his head down and did not cause any further troubles......I guess I "embarassed" him... poor baby.......

    It is time some "sense" is knocked into these parents........



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