KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The band was playing, cheerleaders were cheering and the game got under way between Hamburg and Kutztown. But it was not a typical game. There was an elephant on the field. Hamburg starting quarterback Joe Cominsky was originally sidelined by scandal after bashing another player in the head with a helmet. Now he is returning to the game three weeks later. But parents of the opposing team are not happy about it.
"Disappointed," said Kutztown parent Chris Hamm.
Parents say because the Hamburg Area School District has been mum about the situation, they did not know Cominsky was playing for sure until he ran out onto the field.
"I do not feel he should play for a long time. He should be punished. He could have seriously hurt that child," said Kutztown parent Matthew Kucharek.
"If my kid did that, I would not have to wait for the coach or the district or the PIAA to step in. I would not accept that as a parent. I think that is how it should be," said Hamm.
Kutztown parents say they are disappointed Cominsky is playing, but they are not concerned about the safety of their children.
"I am not concerned because our coaches coach our kids the right way and they do not tolerate that either. They do not tolerate fighting, that kind of stuff. It is not acceptable," said Hamm.
"I do not think anything would break out because there is enough support around here. But it is definitely something you would pay attention to," said Kutztown Alum Charles Wolf.
The South Annville Township Police Department in Lebanon County has yet to announce if Cominsky will face charges for the fight on the field. Until then the game will go on.
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