Safety & Security: Emergency Response
- 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.
- Batboy Struck by Batter's Practice Swing Dies
by Emily Attwood August 2015
A 9-year-old batboy has died after being struck in the head with a bat during a game of the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday.
Kaiser Carlile was retrieving a bat after an out during a game between the Liberal Bee Jays and San Diego Waves when he crossed into the path of a batter taking practice swings. Carlile had been wearing a helmet at the time, as required by the NBC.
An umpire who is also a trained paramedic gave first aid until emergency responders arrived and transported Carlile to a local hospital where he died Sunday evening.
“With the permission of the family, and with much sorrow and a very broken heart, I regretfully inform everyone that Kaiser Carlile passed away earlier this evening," the team said in a statement.
The game between the Bee Jays and Waves continued after the incident, and played again on Sunday despite news of Carlile’s passing.
"No one wrote us a book to tell us how to do this,” said general manager Mike Carlile, a cousin of Kaiser’s. “We’re just dealing with it the best way we know how and that’s to keep coming out and keep honoring Kaiser on the field."
- Best Practices Guide Will Define How to Improve High School Security
by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015
The numbers don't lie. 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 athletics administrator tasked with providing a safe atmosphere for those millions of fans and athletes, the stakes have never been higher.
- How to Keep Sports Venue Parking Lots Safe and Secure
by Paul Steinbach July 2015
Bryan Stow called his walker-assisted trek onto the Municipal Stadium field "a little scary." On April 16, Stow underhanded a ceremonial first pitch about 15 feet, to the roar of the San Jose Giants' Opening Night crowd.
- 15-Year-Old Player Dies After Being Struck by Baseball
by Laura Godlewski May 2015
A 15-year-old baseball player died after being hit by a ball during a game in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Zacharie Schaubhut was pitching in the pick-up game played at Bemidji High School and collapsed after being struck by the ball hit by the batter.
- Video: Fan Behind Plate at PNC Park Injured by Foul Tip
by Michael Gaio April 2015
Monday’s Cubs-Pirates game was delayed 23 minutes after a scary incident in the second inning. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro fouled off a 90-mile-per-hour pitch from Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett and the ball hit a woman standing behind home plate.
- HS Athletic Facility Construction Halted by Deaths
by Michael Gaio April 2015
After two deaths in one week, Argyle Independent School District near Dallas is halting work on a new high school athletic facility.
- The AB Extra: April 3
by Michael Gaio April 2015
We dive into the second edition of The AB Extra with some Final Four coverage, an April Fools Day tweet gone wrong and heroics from two YMCA lifeguards. Today we begin with this heartwarming display of sportsmanship in women’s college basketball.
- E-Cigarette Blamed for Gymnasium Explosion, Fire
by Emily Attwood January 2015
Police say an electronic cigarette is to blame for an explosion at Sparks (Nev.) High School that caused minor damage to the gymnasium floor and led to a code-yellow lockdown and an evacuation of 150 students Monday. A teacher saw the fire shortly after 10 a.m. and quickly reported it to school police and administration, evacuating all students from the gym and those in nearby classrooms to the football field.
"From what the teacher told me there was a small explosion and then a ball of fire," principal Kevin Carroll said.
Streets surrounding the school were blocked off while an investigation of the explosion took place, and parents were also notified of the event after the incident.
"Our number one priority is student safety,” said Carroll. “I have a solid admin team. I have faith in our school police department that we are a very safe school and we do everything we can."
Students elsewhere on campus reported hearing announcements about a bomb threat, and classrooms were placed on lockdown for approximately 90 minutes. “I just heard that they found something in the gymnasium," said one student. “Some of the students were saying they heard a loud pop, but I didn't know until it all happened."
After identifying the cause of the fire, investigators deemed it unintentional, the result of two students playing around with an e-cigarette.