September 1, 2014

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Schools look for alleged T-shirt offenders

Two North Ridgeville High School students told administrators Monday they saw three people at Friday’s Avon vs. North Ridgeville football game wearing “mean-spirited, homemade shirts” mocking Alexander Sismour’s death, according to a statement from Avon principal Kristina Dobos Buller.

Dobos Buller said the shirts said something to the effect of, “At least we know how to ride a bike.”

Sismour, 14, died Sept. 10 after being struck by a van while he crossed state Route 57 on his bicycle at East Broad Street in Elyria.

During a 20-minute blackout in Friday’s game, North Ridgeville students chanted Sismour’s name and some displayed a banner saying, “This one’s for you Alex.”

The two high schools are continuing to work together to figure out who was responsible for the shirts, according to the statement. Dobos Buller said she provided the North Ridgeville administration with pictures of all of Avon’s students.

Dobos Buller said the incident garnered attention through e-mail and Facebook over the weekend. She said she received at least 200 e-mails about it.

She said she would have to find out more about why the individuals chose to make the shirts before administering disciplinary action, but she said if they were Avon students, they could face suspension.

She said the schools said the people who wore the shirts were not in either of Avon’s student cheering sections.

“The Avon student body is saddened they were represented in this negative light, and more importantly that the Sismour family was faced with these events,” Dobos Buller wrote in the statement. “Avon students do not want the actions of a few to define our school and our community.”

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at 329-7282 or kfischer@chroniclet.com.