RFA students will keep student cheering section

Rome Free Academy students were recently notified that there will not be a special cheering section for them at football games this year, and they are banding together to push back on the school district’s decision.

Posted: Sep 16, 2019 9:56 AM
Updated: Sep 16, 2019 6:59 PM

UPDATE - Rome District Superintendent says students will maintain their normal section.

Blake sent WKTV a statement.


Photo courtesy of ROME CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT WEBSITE

"I just met with a small group of student leadership who have committed to better student leadership of their area which would free up our adults to worry about the other side of the stadium, so they are going to maintain their normal section."

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ROME – Rome Free Academy students were recently notified that there will not be a special cheering section for them at football games this year, and they are banding together to push back on the school district’s decision.

The Rome City School District recently decided that RFA students would no longer sit in the student cheering section on the other side of the field. This means they would have to sit with the rest of the fans in the stadium, including parents and younger kids.

RFA student, Emily Brown, created a petition Monday morning on Change.org called “Get Rome Free Academy’s Student Section Back.” The petition has 2,382 signatures at the time of this report.

The petition post states, “We as students are begging just to have it back, that’s what makes us as a student body come together to support our teams. Being able to see all the high school students on one side of the field shows the players how many people stand behind them.”

Students claim the separation was also beneficial to the parents, and if they combine the section, “parents will not be happy with having to deal with the normal events that happen such as the powder throwing.”

The next home game of the season is set for Friday, Sept. 20, against Cicero-North Syracuse and the RFA Stadium on Turin Street.

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