Banned Parent Allowed In

March 6, 2017

After getting banned from attending his son’s wrestling competitions at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., Kevin Fenstermacher sued the school district. As noted in an Athletic Management blog, on Feb. 6, Harrison Bailey III, principal of Liberty High School, wrote a letter to Fenstermacher, informing him that because of his "offensive behavior" during a match on Feb. 2, Fenstermacher was “no longer welcome” at Liberty High School.

In its update on the situation, The Morning Call explains that both sides compromised to allow Fenstermacher to watch his son win his quarterfinal match in the PIAA Class 3A Northeast Regional tournament. Rather than being seated with the other fans, Fenstermacher had a view from a quiet room above the mats. He was accompanied by a security guard.


Bob Harman, PIAA District 11 wrestling chairman, said that he and other administrators have been working hard to create a more positive atmosphere at wrestling matches in the area. 

"It's a topic that's been talked about much more extensively as of late in our meetings as athletic directors," Hartman said.

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