No spectators allowed at Friday’s DPS basketball games following fights

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Public Schools is imposing new rules on who can attend tonight’s basketball games. It comes after recent fights broke out at the games.

At Ponitz Career and Technology Center, students are disappointed with the district’s decision not to allow any spectators inside Friday night’s game. They say it’s not fair to punish everyone for other people’s actions.

“I just feel like it’s bad that people can’t go out and support their friends or their family because somebody has to go out an act negative,” Sophomore Keionte Boi said. “People come out to enjoy themselves or to enjoy a nice basketball game. Everywhere you go there’s always someone bring ignorance.”

At tonight’s game, it was nothing but silent stands. Not a single parent or student were in sight. The only people allowed into the game were the teams, officials and coaches.

Also, present were 3 security guards and two Dayton Police Officers, which are normally for any basketball game.

Student Kori Daugherty says the district should look at who’s actually coming to the games–that might point them to who’s starting the altercations.

“They just need to ban people that don’t go to the schools that’s playing,” Daugherty said. “That’s how I feel about it. They just need to ban students that don’t go to the school who is playing.”

The most recent fight broke out right here in these same stands on Tuesday night–prompting the district to take action the following day.

“The kids that were fighting didn’t go to Ponitz nor Dunbar,” Daugherty said. “So I feel like they can’t blame the students for that.”

Daugherty says she already had plans to go to the game with her and her friend.

“It makes me feel upset because that’s the only time I really get to spend time with my friends out of school.”

While students and parents aren’t allowed into Friday night’s game, the district says fans are allowed to attend Saturday’s game. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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