UPDATE: PHS and Parkersburg South principals react to bleacher damage at Erickson Facility

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 10/6/2017 10:00 PM

Debate continues on who will fit the bill for damaged bleachers at Friday night's football game between Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School.

Monday, WTAP spoke with principals from both schools. Parkersburg South's Principal Betsy Patterson says she's not so sure the dented bleachers were an accident. She says the school or the Erickson facility won't be paying to fix it. She says, “One bleacher doing that might have been an accident, but you know, I think it's obvious that it appeared once that happened that oh we could do it again becuase it was in a short section of bleachers you know where the stance wasn't very long. It was a little bit more than bowing or swaying.”

On the other hand... P-h-s principal Kenny DeMoss thinks it was an accident. DeMoss says that if Parkersburg High needs to pay for the damages, it will.

He adds, “You can actually see the big part of the bleachers bending in the third quarter. Do I think it was intentional? No. Do I think our students made some poor judgement by standing on bleachers that didn't support the weight of multiple students becuase those bleachers are made to sit on, not stand on.” DeMoss also says the investigation is ongoing.

Original Story: 10/4/2016

There has been some controversy about damaged bleachers at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. It comes after the Parkersburg High at Parkersburg South rivalry football game Friday night.

On the PHS side of the field, a section of the bleachers are dented and caved in. Assistant Superintendent of Wood County schools, Mike Fling, says the board doesn't believe anything was done intentionally.

According to Fling, they looked into the dents Friday night, and think it was a result of the students jumping in excitement. He says principals from both schools will work to have the bleachers fixed.

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