Manchester chief disputes claims officers unwilling to police athletic fields
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The city’s school superintendent could lock up the fields at West and Memorial high schools within 10 days, after the athletic director complained that police are unwilling to remove people from them, a claim the chief vigorously disputes.
City school board members voted this week to authorize Superintendent John Goldhardt to close the facilities because of reports of out-of-town teams and players using them without permission during the pandemic.
Christine Pariseau-Telge, the city’s athletic director, told school board members Tuesday that earlier this month an estimated 150 “rather large” individuals were caught playing flag football on the turf field at Manchester High School West without permission. Many urinated on school buildings, she said.