Southwind Homecoming Canceled After Violent 24 Hours

Southwind Homecoming Canceled After Violent 24 Hours

After 24 hours of violence, Shelby County Schools canceled Friday night's homecoming football game between Southwind High School and Houston High.
Memphis, TN (localmemphis.com) -- After 24 hours of violence, Shelby County Schools canceled Friday night's homecoming football game between Southwind High School and Houston High.

The cancellation came hours after Southwind was put on lockdown after five students were arrested for fighting. That fight came after two Southwind students were shot in a nearby park on Thursday evening.

"They real good kids, real good kids, no gang violence, none of that, no drugs, none of that," said Marvin Handy. 

Handy said he believes Friday's fight was connected to Thursday night's shooting.

"They had some friends who were angry about the situation," Handy said.

Thursday night's shooting happened at a park about two miles from Southwind.

"We really think this park is a public nuisance," said LeVelle Salter. 

Salter says the park has deteriorated over the years, and he no longer lets his kids play there. On Friday evening, graffiti littered a playground.

"It is like it is a gang haven, instead of a park. I have children, my children are next door to a park, and we don't even go down there," Salter said.

Salter said he wasn't surprised Friday night's football game was canceled.

"For the school to be shut down this morning, not even 24 hours after the incident happened, it most definintely going to occur, because that's where they are going to meet at," he said.

Back at Southwind, instead of being packed with fans, the stadium sat empty on Friday night.

That's bad news for Jeremy Fair, who works at The Crock Pot Restaurant across the street from Southwind High School.

"It is beyond our control, but we are going to deal with it," Fair said. "It might hurt a little bit, but all we can do is push forward man."

Late Friday, a Shelby County Schools spokesman said no make-up date had been set for Southwind's game against Houston High. 
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