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  • Concerned Parent about the Huntsman Senior Games
    by Christi Franks, St. George
    Published - 10/03/13 - 07:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - I am writing regarding my concern over the Huntsman Senior Games. In the past, the games have been played in St. George public schools during school hours with children present. Public schools are scheduled to be used as venues for the 2013 games as well. During the games, the school district allows the seniors to use school parking lots, locker rooms, and other school facilities during school hours. The parking lots are used to park motor homes, RV's, and other large vehicles while the games are being played. This has been a great concern to me and many other parents, particularly since the Sandy Hook incident and most recently, the incident in St. George involving two men from California who were seeking information about local elementary schools.

    Approximately 3 years ago, I asked the school district to seriously consider discontinuing the Senior Games' usage of our public schools during school hours, but was told that it was a large source of revenue for the school district. When I addressed the possibility of harm from allowing perfect strangers to enter our schools and park their large vehicles in the parking lots, I was told, "They are seniors, they won't hurt anybody." Frustrated from that conversation, I also contacted the Huntsman Senior Games and was told that there was no background check performed on any participant prior to entering the schools and that it was, "No big deal." I dare any other citizen to walk into a public school during school hours, or park a motor home in the parking lot, and see how fast the law would react to the situation. I can assure you that it would cause an uproar and parents would be terrified.

    I would ask that you would please address this serious issue. I am a mother of children that attend these schools and am greatly concerned for their safety, regardless of any amount of revenue that it generates. As a parent, I am required to sign my name at the front desk and obtain a visitor badge to read to my children's classrooms or I would risk arrest. However, if I were a senior in a volleyball tournament, or needed to park my motor home next to a school field without any threat of the law, I need only apply to the Huntsman Senior Games.

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    C. Barrett
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    March 07, 2014
    I think that there could be a requirement for any participants or visitors must check in with the school when entering their facility and then have a badge. I volunteer at a school in Colorado and am required to get a visitor pass to volunteer for activities in school.

    If this would satisfy the concerns at the school and maybe get a pass for the motorhomes parked in their parking lot overnight-- there must be someway to accommodate all concerns.
    C. Franks
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    October 02, 2013
    I think my message may have been misunderstood. I support the Senior Games and feel that they are valuable to the community. However, the games have no place in schools while they are in session. After school hours are very appropriate and would not interfere with the children's learning or safety. That being said, I find it a poor argument to assume that just because someone is 55 years of age or older, he or she is exempt from the possibility of ever committing a crime or having a criminal history. As far as patrolling the parking lots with pepper spray, it is illegal to enter school property with such a weapon, and I would never put a school,or the children inside it at risk.
    J.Beam
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    October 02, 2013
    Ms. Franks,

    Get a life. Or if your that worried, get some pepper spay, patrol the school parking lots and demand to see a current/valid NARP ID. card
    J. Geren
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    October 02, 2013
    So, being concerned about your children means you need to get a life? You must be one of the seniors who has no business driving a motor home, dumps your grey and black water in a parking lot, and expects children's' school to be disrupted for your all-important sport. How about a little consideration? Many people who participate in the Senior Games are very inconsiderate of our children. Some boundaries need to be set in place, and enforced.
    J. Shakespeare
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    October 02, 2013
    What kind of a response is "get a life"? This is an ongoing problem and someone is trying to do something about it while trying to protect her children, along with all the other children in our schools. If you want to debate, let's debate. But I hope your debate is more than just an insult to a concerned citizen.

    You may feel different if your child was abducted by a pedophile posing as a senior athlete, doing who knows what out in their RV.
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