MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Schools officials have canceled Friday night’s Bolton High versus Craigmont High football game due to safety concerns.
SCS released the following statement:
“Tonight’s football game between Craigmont High and Bolton High is being rescheduled due to safety concerns related to a recent incident in the community. Safety is always our top priority, and this decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of our students, families and fans. Families at both schools are being informed that the game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 22 at Bolton High School.”
The specific incident for the cancellation of the game wasn’t given. However, we do know that since Oct. 1 the Memphis Police Department has investigated three homicides within six and a half miles of the stadium.
MPD has also investigated eight aggravated assault cases within three miles of the stadium.
But not everyone supports SCS’ decision to cancel the game.
“I’m not for bowing down or cowarding down one inch for individuals that are causing trouble in our community,” said State Representative Antonio Parkinson, who represents Raleigh.
He is concerned about the message being sent with cancelling the football game.
“If you’re not careful, you will empower the small groups,” said Parkinson.
Others in the community tend to agree.
“The kids need to enjoy themselves. They need something to keep them from the violence,” said Daizya Kelly, Raleigh resident. “At the same time safety first you need keep your kids safe. I don’t know. It’s a lose-lose.”