NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- New Haven Public Schools will now require a parent or guardian to accompany students to sporting events, including the high school football games.

This comes after several fights broke out in the stands last Friday at the game between James Hillhouse High School and Hamden High School.

A letter sent to parents on Monday from the school superintendent said “These incidents created conditions that were unsafe for spectators and required intervention by the New Haven Police Department, as well as our public safety officers and administrators. I would like to thank the staff, police officers, and community members who intervened.”

The rule will be in place until further notice.

Some parents Eyewitness News talked to think having them there is a good idea.

"I think it's a great idea that the parents are here. If your kid fights, I believe you should be responsible too," Jennifer Cruz Chilel tells us.

The letter from the superintendent went on to say that:

“Maintaining safe conditions for our students, staff, families, and community members is our highest priority in New Haven Public Schools. Therefore, until further notice, students may attend our sporting events only in the company of a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian is required to be present for as long as the student is in attendance.”

No arrests were made in connection with any of the fights.

Cheryl Cruz says she has witnessed students fight and thinks having the parents present will make a difference.

"They just run out and they start fighting like nothing and they don’t care, because their parents aren’t there, but I think if the parents are there, they are going to not do it at all, because they know they can't do that," Cruz added.

Some of the fights apparently did involve kids from Hamden, but some of the other fights did not.

Hamden Schools have no plans at this time to require chaperones at their sporting events.

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