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Posted February 3, 2010

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Statement from APS Board of Education President Marty Esquivel on NMAA Decision to Close Basketball Game to Fans

The following is a statement from Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education President Marty Esquivel regarding the decision by the New Mexico Activities Association to close Thursday’s girls’ basketball game between Rio Grande High School and Los Lunas High School to the public.

“I do not agree with the overreaching approach by the NMAA to ban all spectators from the Rio Grande High School girls’ game. The misconduct of a few should not adversely affect the right of responsible students, parents and family members to attend a game at a publicly-supported facility. There were much better ways to handle this situation that did not include penalizing our community and students.

“We have a very strong police force and administrative staff who could have easily made sure our crowd was under control. The decision sends the wrong message that APS cannot take care of its own crowd control. It is frustrating that APS is paying for a past situation that did not originate in an APS facility.

“We will continue to investigate the matter and enforce our Code of Conduct, accordingly,” Esquivel said.

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