25 Mar 2011

Schools tackle parents' behaviour on sidelines

8:28 pm on 25 March 2011

Disruptive parents on the sidelines of children's sports games are causing some schools to ask parents to sign a code of conduct.

The president of the Secondary Schools Principals' Association says in the worst cases, schools have had to ring police to serve trespass notices on badly-behaved parents.

Patrick Walsh says complaints range from parents screaming at children and each other, to spectators who turn up drunk or wearing gang patches.

The code of conduct is not binding, but it helps remind spectators to keep things civil, he says.