I checked in with Helen Williams at HPISD regarding the vuvuzelas. Here’s what she had to say:
I am forwarding an e-mail that Walter Kelly recently sent to a parent in response to a question about vuvuzelas.
To answer your question about sales, the entrepreneurial student who was selling the vuvuzelas did not have permission to do so, and he was told to discontinue selling them immediately, which he did. Student groups and booster clubs need permission to sell items on school property.
Also thought you’d want to know that vuvuzelas are not allowed at any indoor events, including pep rallies.
Director of Communications
>>> Walter Kelly 9/9/2010 11:03 AM >>>
Following the World Cup, vuvuzelas have become a rather loud, and cheap, noisemaker fad for sporting events. We will be managing this in the following ways:
- We did encounter the student and disallowed the sale of them on stadium grounds. We will continue to monitor and enforce this.
- Currently, UIL allows for these devices for outdoor events. To avoid significant differences and possible confusion with other schools and sites, we will not specifically ban vuvuzelas at this time.
- We will require that students do not use them during half-time to show respect student performers. We will collect them from students using them during this time.
- We will monitor the situation to determine future action.
I appreciate the feedback, and we will continue to work on this. Thank you for attending the game.