Monett police dispatched to baseball game

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Parent storms field, chides Purdy coach before first pitch

Two Monett police officers were dispatched to North Park on Monday, after a disgruntled parent entered the diamond to confront the Purdy coach prior to Purdy's baseball game against Monett.

According to eye-witness accounts, the parent yelled several profanities at the coach for mismanagement of the team and lack of playing time for his son.

According to a statement given to the police, the parent said "the coach was always yelling at his son and he was fed up with it."

The report further stated that witnesses heard the man "threaten the Purdy coach" a statement that the parent denied.

"There is a proper time and place for parents to express their coaching complaints, and on the field is not the proper time or place," said Robert Vice, Purdy principal.

Vice said the situation was handled quickly and without further incident. He also said that school administration will continue to monitor the situation.

David Stewart, Monett principal, stressed that player safety is of the utmost concern for the district.

The baseball field has limited access and the parent had to cross through the visitor's dugout to gain entry to the field.

"I've never seen anything like this in my 14 years at Monett," Stewart said. "We will look for ways to avoid this type of event occurring again."

Monett police determined that no crime had been committed, but at the request of Monett administration, the parent was escorted from the park facility.

"It's unfortunate that the fan and players had to see that outburst," said Joshua Hughes, Purdy coach. "The parent was upset that I didn't play his son because of a rules violation. It was embarrassing for everyone involved."

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