Irmo, SC (WLTX) - Lexington-Richland 5 School District is increasing their security measures at high school football games following a scare at Dutch Fork High School on Friday, August 31st.
There were rumors that someone had a gun. The stadium was evacuated as a precaution. The Richland County Sheriff's department says that no guns were found and no one was injured.
The scare came a week after a shooting at a high school football game in Jacksonville, FL left one teen dead.
Lex-Rich 5 says they are taking the safety and security seriously.
District Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton says “after listening to the concerns of our parents, staff, community members and school board members over the weekend; we met with our high school principals, district safety officers and other key district staff to take immediate action and implement new safety measures.”
Those measures include:
- The district will implement handheld metal detectors to screen all spectators, beginning with varsity football games at Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo high schools.
- Bags also will be subject to searches at designated entry points, in line with state statute permitting “reasonable search” of any person entering school premises.
- Admission will be charged throughout the duration of games.
- All students 8th grade or younger will now be required to attend games with parents or guardians.
- School Resource Officers also will travel with teams at away games.
There are currently safety measures in place at games, but the extra security will be implemented short-term. Future measures could be added as well.