New Castle County VoTech School District implements new safety precautions amid shootings near football games

WILMINGTON, Delaware (WPVI) — After several episodes of gun violence near high school football games across the region, officials are taking new measures to keep spectators and players safe.

Howard High School and Archmere High School competed Saturday night at Abessinio Stadium in Delaware.

A game like this usually sold out, but capacity was scaled back as a precaution.

“Because an incident happened last night, we thought this would give us room for a very successful game and everyone could play and be here in peace,” said Joseph Jones, Superintendent of the VoTech District of New Castle County.

On Friday in West Philadelphia, police said shots were fired after a high school football game.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. at 48th and Spruce Streets.

Police said the football game between West Philadelphia High School and Lincoln High School ended when someone fired a gun off the field.

Five shell casings were found, but it did not appear that anyone was hit by the shots.

Then on Friday night in Delaware, a shooting broke out near the school campus on Bunker Hill Road after Appoquinimink High School’s football game against Middletown.

According to the police, an adult and a teenager were shot and not seriously injured.

And in New Jersey, the Collingswood vs. Mastery game ended prematurely. The reason for this remains unclear. A coach thanked the police for keeping players and staff safe.

Security was tightened during Saturday’s game between Howard High School and Archmere High School. Attendance was limited to two guests per player per cheerleader, and the game was brought forward from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

It’s a game everyone has been looking forward to.

“It’s on our family calendar as a big revenge, we actually played James Brown this morning,” said Tiffany Matthews.

Matthews’ son is the quarterback at Howard High School. She says you can never be too careful, it’s just a shame to have to worry about something like that.

“Its hard. High school is meant to be a time to hang out with friends, watch the game, and it seems like all of those precautions have to be taken just to make sure nothing crazy happens,” Matthews said.

Howard leaves the game with a win.

Next week, officials are considering starting the game early again and issuing tickets early.

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