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.
District Bans Drones at Sporting Events
In the wake of rules instituted by the Ohio High School Athletic Association this fall, the Board of Education moved to adopt a resolution banning drones at football games and other school functions. read more
School to Test Students for Drinking at Football Games
An initiative to discourage students from drinking by randomly testing them as they enter Friday night football games received little public pushback after Oconomowoc High School Principal Joseph Moylan made the announcement in a letter to parents on Wednesday. Beginning at the Friday homecoming football game, students will be admitted through a dedicated entrance and randomly chosen for breath tests, Moylan said in his letter. read more
The Chicago Cubs had already shut out the visiting San Francisco Giants, 2-0, on Aug. 9 when postgame stragglers were ordered to evacuate Wrigley Field. Chicago Police, who reportedly receive dozens of bomb threats every week, got word that Wrigley had been targeted and swarmed the ballpark with officers. Only after bomb-sniffing dogs had their run of the grounds was an "all clear" issued.
Four Arrested in Connection with Assault at 49ers Game
Police announced Friday they had arrested three men and a 17-year-old woman in connection to a parking lot fight following Monday’s 49ers game during which a Vikings fan was kicked and punched after falling to the ground. The incident was caught on video. read more
Prep Football Security Tightened After Shootings
One week after a barrage of bullets injured two people outside a high school football game, some fans filing into the same Atlanta stadium Friday night said that despite promises of heightened security they felt worried and afraid. "Is it safe going in there?" Chrishonna Howard asked as she purchased a ticket to watch her son, Jalen, play Friday. Howard said coming to the Grady High School stadium so soon after gunshots marred last week's game left her scared. She planned her trip carefully, parking as close as possible to the entrance. The shooting --- near one of Atlanta's most sought-after high schools --- tarnished a time-honored Friday night fall ritual. It also highlighted the problems with policing large outdoor events brimming with parents, students and fans. read more