TEEN VANDALS: Urbandale Football Players Arrested

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An Urbandale family says they’ve been harassed by high school football players.

Three players and another student were arrested for vandalizing the family’s home. But they say the school is doing little about it, even allowing the football players to continue playing just days after their arrest.

“It started out as door ringing and running and started kicking the door and cussing and cussing and driving by and now this last incident they threw rocks at the house, damaged the gutter and lights,” the homeowner says.

We’re not revealing the homeowner’s identity, he’s afraid of retribution.

According to Urbandale police arrest records, three 16-year-old boys who play football at Urbandale High School were arrested along with a 15-year-old student who is not a football player.

Police records indicate, “[name redacted] stated that he, [name redacted] and [name redacted] had all picked up small pieces of dried dirt and went to the house and all three of them threw dirt at the back of the house”.

The house did sustain some damage.

One of the players did play in the varsity game against Valley High School last Friday, less than a week after his arrest.

According to the districts co curricular eligibility code, “Any student who’s conduct, either in or out of school, is such as to make him or her unworthy to represent the Urbandale Community School District shall be declared ineligible to participate in co curricular activities”.

And,  “The commission of a crime will be grounds for review relative to the co curricular eligibility code a determination relative to eligibility may be made without regard to whether the student is prosecuted or convicted”.

The owner of the home wonders why the district isn’t benching the players.

“Really disappointed that they didn’t put their foot down and do the right thing,”
the homeowner says. “We think they have the upper hand in  making this thing and taking the right measures I think we can end this thing and everybody move forward and be happy.”

Channel 13 approached the superintendent and the athletic director at Urbandale.  Neither would comment citing student confidentiality.

Editor’s note: We have decided to remove the names of the students involved because the alleged incident is still under investigation.


  • urbandale student

    Yes these kids weren’t suspended for a game but they did serve a punishment. They had to do community hours around the school. I think who did a bad job on their research when it comes to this article

  • Jeff

    Back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth and I played High School Football… The coach would have benched the players immediately for at least one game after being arrested and admitting the vandalism. It would not have been a Superintendent or a Principals decision, the Coach would have not stood for it. He/the school/the district then would have evaluated the situation to see if they should continue on the team.

  • Phillip

    (home owner) has been kicked out of many Urbandale community activities, meanwhile taking his kid out of Urbandale schools and being kicked out of urbandale little league and as well as the Urbandale wrestling program, This News Article should not of came from home owner himself as he has had bad history with Urbandale.

    • Alex

      Seems to be a bit like sensationalist media which is funny for a story as small as this one. The school has been notified of the arrests and all the athletes have issued appeals. Obviously the home owner has his own intentions which is fine but at worst these kids are getting suspended 1-2 games, hardly worth the effort he is going through in my opinion.

    • EMB

      So, you are saying that if someone has committed a prior bad act, that it’s okay for kids to destroy the home owner’s property? You obviously don’t have to take care of your own home or someone takes care of everything for you. I hope you live your life perfectly…

    • annoyedwithexcuses

      Really Phillip? No matter what was done in the past, it does not justify vandalism. It is a crime…no ifs, ands or buts…and deserves punishment. And not in school community service. This had nothing to do with the school.

  • Mitch

    Why not send a clear message to the 15 & 16 year old athletes that they will be held to the same rules and standards as the rest of the student body? The people that would like to give them a little slap on the wrist (2 hrs of trash pick-up on a Sat.) are the same people that make excuses for people like Jason Berryman, Bubu Palo, Dominique Douglas, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, and on and on.

  • God

    Actually, those kids left little league to play competitive USSSA baseball. Those kids were never a part of Urbandale wrestling, and the family had to move to a different school because of people like you. Let them be.

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