If you thought youth football was too serious, try being in this Pennsylvania league.
The Mount Pleasant (Pa.) Area Junior Football league canceled its season Tuesday after someone left a box of ammunition shells with names of league officers written on them in permanent marker at the team’s field, according to multiple local media reports.
After consulting with Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI, the league opted to forego the four games remaining on the schedule, a statement on the MPAJF’s Facebook page said.
The decision has been made with great regret that the 2015 MPAJF football season has been cancelled. After continued threats against League officials, coaches and referees, the League has only one option, to cancel the season. Today, October 13, 2015, ammunition shells were placed at the field gate with names of League officers printed with permanent marker. Due to the increase in violence of these threats, the safety of our children is the main concern. Decisions of this magnitude are not done lightly; rather they are done with the advice of the State Police, FBI, school administrators and League Officials. We hope that as parents you will agree with this decision and try and cooperate with everyone involved to bring forward the person or persons responsible for these actions. The league’s future and our children’s continued participation in future seasons is what is in jeopardy.
The kids participating in MPAJF youth football and cheerleading programs are ages 7-15. According to Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV, one recent game featured a fist fight between parents and another game was postponed because of a separate threat. Pennsylvania State Police are currently investigating this latest threat, although the search continues for the culprit.
What’s worse, this marked the 50th anniversary season for the MPAJF, per CBS Pittsburgh. The founding forefathers must be so proud that their youth football league has come to this.