Safety & Security: Emergency Response
- High School Wrestlers Charged with Rape
by Jason Scott February 2016
Four wrestlers from Norman North High School in Oklahoma have been charged with rape, stemming from a January incident that took place on a team bus.
- Social Media's Role in Crisis Management
by Vivian Marinelli February 2016
It is difficult these days to find someone not on some form of social media — especially during sports and entertainment events. The 2014 World Cup final holds the record for the most tweets per second with 9,667. The game took more than three hours to complete, accumulating more than 100 million tweets.
- Accidental Deaths Prompt New Navy Safety Rules
by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015
On April 24th, two Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh and 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis were found at the bottom of a combat training pool after attempting a breath-holding exercise. Both men perished. Marihugh and Lewis were conducting an off-hours workout at the pool by themselves.
- Shooter Injures Two, Kills Self Outside Sportsplex
by Jason Scott December 2015
Police in Taylor, Mich., say that a 7-year-old girl and her mother were shot and wounded last night in the parking lot outside the Taylor Sportsplex.
- HS Basketball Player Dies After Collapsing During Practice
by Jason Scott November 2015
A female basketball player at Notre Dame High School in California has died after collapsing during practice.
- Protestors Invade 'Monday Night Football'
by Jason Scott November 2015
Police have arrested and charged four people after protestors rappelled from an overhang at Bank of America Stadium and hung a banner during last night’s "Monday Night Football" game.
- WATCH: Severe Flooding Forces Stadium to Close Until Feb.
by Jason Scott October 2015
The Stadium Bowl in Tacoma, Wash., was so severely flooded by storm water that the stadium was ordered closed until February.
- Best Practices Guide Addresses High School Security Concerns
by Dennis Van Milligen October 2015
More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletic administrator tasked with providing a safe environment, the stakes have never been higher.
- Marathon Organizers Plan for Black Lives Matter Protest
by Jason Scott September 2015
The Twin Cities Marathon begins at 8 a.m. Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, and ends near the Minnesota State Capitol -- but a group of protestors reportedly has plans to end the race sooner.
The St. Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter is planning a protest which leaders say will block the finish line and prevent runners from finishing the full 26.2 miles.
Organizer Rashad Turner says protestors will “become the finish line,” blocking the path of runners about a mile before the actual end of the race.
The Black Lives Matter group has protested in St. Paul before, causing disruptions to public transit. The protest is in response to recent allegations of police brutality in St. Paul.
“Our job as an organization is to keep the pressure on,” Turner said. “Our job is to let the community know that every day we are planning on dismantling white supremacy.”
Turner said the goal of the marathon protest is to get runners to unite.
“My hope is marathon runners realize they’re not going to be able to finish this race and instead of being angry and complaining, that they join in in the protest and stand in solidarity because justice is all we are asking for,” Turner said. “I’m not concerned about them feeling threatened. We’ve always been non-violent, we’ve been peaceful.”
St. Paul police have made few arrests at other Black Lives Matter protests and rallies, but Turner acknowledges that participants in the marathon protests may be subject to arrest.
Meanwhile, marathon organizers have said that their plans focus on keeping everyone safe.
“We are working closely with city officials to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers and spectators,” Marathon organizing group Twin Cities in Motion said in a statement.
- Weekend Incidents Put Spotlight on Team Travel Safety
by Jason Scott August 2015
Accidents in Wisconsin and California involving vehicles carrying student-athletes put the spotlight on team travel safety over the weekend.