Philadelphia/Neshoba Series Halted

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) -- Neshoba Central High School has ended a 50-year rivalry with Philadelphia.
The Neshoba County School District notified the Philadelphia School Board in a letter on Monday that they will no longer participate in sporting events together.
County schools superintendent George Shaw tells the Neshoba Democrat that the decision was made after talks with coaches, parents, students and local residents.
Shaw says the school districts will not play in sporting events for at least the next two years.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association two weeks ago reprimanded and cited Philadelphia coaches for failing to keep the football players in the end zone until the Neshoba Central Band had completed its halftime performance.
Also in the days leading up to the game a residence was vandalized and eight Neshoba Central football players were arrested, and later indefinitely suspended.


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  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Sep 27, 2010 at 01:42 AM
    Tish: Ever hear of something called respect? I bet your kids don't hold open doors for ladies or the elderly,say please or thank you,remove caps or hats while eating or keep their mouth closed while chewing food. Things like yes sir/ ma'am, yer sir no sir are things that show respect. Kids need to be controlled until they learn how to act properly or they grow into thugs. Hope you get the message before you have to start visiting them in Parchman prison.
  • by Leah Location: Meridian on Sep 23, 2010 at 09:24 PM
    Tish, you certainly aren't doing your offspring any favors.... or the rest of society, for that matter. When I see disrespectful kids, I always wonder about the parents and what they are THINKING. I guess you're giving us some insight. ....just....wow.....
  • by wow on Sep 23, 2010 at 07:59 PM
    @ Tish: You may be the dumbest person on the planet! Lets give children permission to steal cars and rob banks while we're at it. What is wrong with you!? Who raised you, Hitler? How has this mentality kept you out of prison? I know one thing, it won't be long before my tax dollars are paying for your childrens room and board. I bet they learn some respect at Parchmen!
  • by mm Location: County on Sep 23, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    I agree. Enough is enough! the situations occured, have been dealt with and lives needs to go on. If you need to focus on something focus on JOBS for our area and the lack of effort that is occuring to secure jobs. The so called people working on development are wealthy snobs who really are out of touch with the common unemployed or underemployed person.
  • by Renee Location: not a neshoba county resident on Sep 23, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    TISH: You are an idiot and you need to move far, far away!
  • by PARENT Location: MS on Sep 22, 2010 at 10:25 PM
    Come on people let get back to the basic we need to learn how to treat everyone with respect if you can`t learn to give respect how can you ever accept it that will be a very sad way for you are your child to live, we all need more Christ in the home and in the whole school system, it should be a major subject that everyone have to take and pass.
  • by Julie Location: Meridian on Sep 22, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    WTOK: OK, this is another instance where the subject of this blog has been on here way too long. Decisions have been made to cancel interaction between the two schools, the imbeciles that did the damage have been dealt with legally, etc., etc., etc. Please let this die a natural death. You all continue to allow these "blogs" to stay on the page for way too long. I have reached the point that if I hear one more word about Philadelphia and Neshoba schools ad nauseam, I may become ad nauseam! Seriously, folks, take this off the page.
  • by Tish Location: Philadelphia on Sep 22, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    @ Where are the Adults??? Location: Meridian. Sorry you are wrong on that comment! I think kids need the same respect as adults! I do NOT think just because someone is older than another they should bow down to them! I raise my children to treat others as you want to be treated. But DO NOT ever let an adult have authority you! ITS CALLED EQUAL RIGHTS and it IS a LAW! Just because it may be a teacher or headmaster or anyone for that matter. I drill my kids "DO NOT LET THEM CONTROL YOU" No one I MEAN NO ONE will control my children. Another thing: I think the Mr. Mrs. Ms. and Miss need to stop in the schools! That is downgrading for kids to be made to do such things. It is taking away their respect! And my children will never address ANYONE in that form. What makes me even more upset is the: Ma'am and sir! This is not 1950 anymore! So i think adults need to show kids just the same respect, as they expect kids to show them. I think some laws need to be changed in this state!
  • by Where are the Adults??? Location: Meridian on Sep 22, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    When did adults lose the ability (or sense) to be adults? All this hatred and animosity over a football game? What are you people teaching your kids? Football and organized sports are supposed to teach teamwork and sportsmanship, not how to bully others or get together as a group and destroy private property. If parents were acting like parents instead of buddies, then this would have ended with the ballgame instead of spilling out into the days that followed. The sad thing is, these are kids we are talking about. They should have been taught a lesson in sportsmanship by their parents, and the ones who retaliated should have been made to clean up their handiwork or work at the home to replace all they broke. The kids aren't learning a lesson by avoiding each other in sports...all that does is further polarize an already divided community. It is WAY past time that parents stop being buddies instead of parents. Teach your kids respect for others, not just in sports, but in life.
  • by Troy Location: Philadelphia on Sep 21, 2010 at 07:03 PM
    I agree with the decision to end this rivalry. The first responsibility of a school board or superintendent should be to protect the safety of their students. This rivalry was already very tense. The recent events only further intensified the ill will between these two teams and their fans. The posters who are throwing around terms like "animals" or "criminals" only confirm how much ill will has been created. Anyone who opposes this decision because of the loss of revenue or the disappointed fans/players is also misguided. How silly would this argument be if even one student or fan was severely injured or even killed? I imagine that the same people voicing their opposition to this decision now would be the first to blame the school boards or administrators if such a thing were to happen.
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