MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Because of security concerns, the Friday night lights will be off for one Shelby County high school football game.
SCS leaders said because of a recent threat, the district rescheduled the game between Bolton and Craigmont to later this month.
The game was supposed to be played at Craigmont’s home stadium, Raleigh-Egypt High School in Raleigh.
“If there are concerns about security, then apparently we need to beef our security up,” Rep. Antonio Parkinson, who represents the Raleigh area, said.
Rep. Parkinson weighed in Friday afternoon from Nashville, after learning Shelby County Schools rescheduled the planned game because of an unspecified recent incident in the area.
“They are imparting negativity into the momentum that the Raleigh community has, and I think that’s giving them way, way too much power,” Rep. Parkinson said.
A SCS spokesperson said: “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.”
Last September, a different safety threat forced district leaders to ban the public from attending another football game at Raleigh-Egypt.
“I do want to make sure or caution us, that we don’t disrupt or allow a small few of individuals to disrupt the flow and energy and the positive things that our happening in our community,” Rep. Parkinson said.
Rep. Parkinson also hoped the rescheduled football game will, in the long run, bolster the partnership between SCS security and nearby Memphis Police officers at Old Allen Station.
The rescheduled game at Raleigh-Egypt between Bolton and Craigmont will now be played Tuesday, October 22nd, at Bolton High School.