Anne Arundel officials create new policy in wake of shooting

Football

High Schools

November 02, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

After a shooting during the Old Mill at Annapolis football game Friday, Anne Arundel County Public Schools announced yesterday that there will be increased police supervision at football games, and the games will be played at 5:15 p.m. rather than the normal 7:15.

Schools also have the option of moving their Friday night games to Saturday afternoons. A statement issued by School Superintendent Eric J. Smith also said that there will be no admission to the stadium after the start of the second half. Spectators who leave the stadium will not be allowed to re-enter and must leave school property immediately.

The new procedures are effective this weekend.

"It gets dark at 5:15, and what are we saying, they don't get the guns out until after 7:15 and the criminals who carry won't be carrying Saturday afternoon?" said Chesapeake coach Jim Simms, a former Anne Arundel county policeman. "All we're doing is punishing the parents who can't get there at 5:15."

The game at Annapolis Friday night was halted just seconds into the fourth quarter after a 17-year old female juvenile was shot by a Glen Burnie juvenile just before halftime. Anne Arundel County police called the shooting accidental and charged the juvenile with reckless endangerment but did not identify him because he is a juvenile.

patomalleysports@aol.com

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