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Fans react to CD face paint ban

Updated: Friday, August 30 2013, 09:46 PM CDT
Reported by: Ewa Roman

HARRISBURG -- To show team spirit, many students at a Central Dauphin High School game painted their faces, even though they know it's not allowed this year.

"I mean, I didn't think it was that big of a deal, like you can still see who I am," said Ashley Betz, a Central Dauphin freshman.

Ashley Betz and her friends are breaking the rules to support her brother, number 32, Mike Betz.

"I understand like some of it because some people go crazy but I mean it's not a big deal if you're not doing anything wrong," said Maddy Leed, also a freshman.

"I think it's not the greatest rule because, even coming to these games, I never saw anybody completely covered that you couldn't tell who they are and most people don't goof off too much," said Tanya Betz, a Central Dauphin High School student.

According to the school district's website, you can't paint your face or wear a mask if you're going to any type of outdoor sporting event.But, you can paint your arms, legs and shirt.

One dad is throwing a penalty flag on this new rule.

"You see college football and other schools out there where kids really enjoy it, that's how they express themselves, off the field to support the team and I'm disappointed that we're not going to see that this year," said Mike Betz Sr. a Central Dauphin alumnus and parent.

Director of Public and Community relations for Central Dauphin Shannon Leib, said, "This is a new rule for this school year to address safety and security issues at sporting events. District staff need to be able to clearly identify students. When their faces are obstructed, it is difficult to do.”Fans react to CD face paint ban


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