STATESVILLE, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Schools in Iredell-Statesville are implementing new fan safety measures this upcoming school year for high school football and basketball games.
Statesville High School put the new security to the test in a football scrimmage against East Surry High School on Friday night.
High school football is back!
“Looking forward to a winning season with our new coach,” said Maria Smith, whose grandson plays on the Statesville High School football team.
New this year, before fans take their seats, they’ll go through a handheld metal detector or wand and have their luggage checked.
“Quick and painless,” said Bobbie Jean Randol, whose son is on the Statesville High School football team.
This safety is a new addition to Iredell Statesville Schools football games this year.
“I think it’s just a great idea, and I feel very, very safe knowing that I can come and watch my grandson play football and be safe and not have to worry about the madness. “Smith said.
Security teams add manpower and law enforcement officers at sporting events.
“More eyes, more people, more of an extra presence where people know. Hey, they’ve got a lot of people here, a lot of security, a lot of police, they’re pretty serious about what they do,” said Troy Trudeau, owner of WTSA Security.
The students don’t seem to care about projections.
“He feels safe; make sure you don’t get in trouble, just relax,” said Antonio Stokes, a sophomore at Statesville High School.
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Parents and grandparents wish it had happened sooner.
“Well, it’s 2022, and everyone can carry guns, and we all want to feel safe wherever we go, especially when we’re there for the kids,” Randol said.
“I said you put it in airports, you put it in football games, pros, NBA; you are scanned, so why not do it in schools? We need to protect our schools,” Smith said.
The head of the security company under contract with Iredell-Statesville schools said he will also have school security teams to help school resource officers monitor things once school resumes at the end of the month.