Shootings prompt postponements

Baltimore City, County, Howard and Carroll call off games, practice

High Schools

October 04, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Reacting to parental concerns about the apparently random shootings of five people in Montgomery County on Wednesday night and yesterday morning, officials in Howard, Carroll and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City postponed all athletic events and canceled all practices yesterday.

"Given the nature of what was going on in Montgomery County earlier today, people were particularly concerned about being outdoors," said Charles Herndon, a spokesman for the Baltimore County public schools.

Herndon and officials of the other four school systems said many phone calls had been received from concerned parents.

"We were hearing anxiety from parents, so we wanted to be sensitive," Herndon said. "This is just a precaution. It does not reflect any kind of threat or intelligence that we or the police department have."

Bob Wade, Baltimore City's coordinator of athletics, said the decision to postpone was "just to be on the safe side. Parents are concerned about their children. They want them to come home, and that's understandable."

In Anne Arundel County and Harford County, however, athletic events went on as usual.

"Our games were all in-county, so we made the decision to keep everything on, because none of our teams were traveling," said Marlene Kelly, supervisor of athletics for the Anne Arundel County schools.

The private school leagues, the boys Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and the girls Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, left the decision whether to play to the individual schools. A few, including Pallotti, St. Mary's, Severn, Mercy and Mount Carmel, opted to postpone.

Making up yesterday's slate of games will be done on a case-by-case basis. In Howard County, supervisor of athletics Don Disney said athletes were told to be ready to play today.

Wade is most concerned about JV football games. He will try to play yesterday's games Monday and push next week's games from Thursday to Saturday.

"We're getting to the point in the season where we don't have many open dates left," said North Carroll athletic director Troy Warehime. "This makes it harder on the kids ... but you just sometimes have to play the cards that are dealt to you."

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