UPDATE: Mississippi Supreme Court vacates schools' "too hot to play" ban

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has vacated a judge's order that banned schools in several counties from holding outdoor activities during certain hours because of extreme heat.

Five school districts asked the high court to overturn the order.

Yesterday (Thursday) Chancellor Mitchell Lundy of Grenada County halted outdoor football practices as schools gear up for the start of the prep season at the end of this month.

Also affected until the heat relents were volleyball and band practice, recesses for elementary school students and outdoor activities for community college students.

Today (Friday) school systems in DeSoto County, Panola County, Senatobia, Montgomery County, Winona and Water Valley asked the Supreme Court to vacate and void Lundy's order.

The school districts were joined by the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Private School Association.

The order banned outdoor actives between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. It was not requested. It applied to DeSoto, Tate, Panola, Yalobusha, Grenada and Montgomery counties.

Lundy told The Clarion Ledger newspaper that he acted after hearing about 17-year-old Lonnie Magee, a Mount Olive football player who collapsed Wednesday and died during football practice. A cause of death has not been determined yet.

The Supreme Court pointed out that no one had petitioned Lundy to ban practices.

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