‘Spectator disruption’ cancels remainder of Lakeland High School football game in Suffolk



SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The remainder of a football game at Lakeland High School in Suffolk on Friday night was called off after a “disruption” involving spectators.

A police official said the unrest was linked to brawls and social media posts referring to a shooting were incorrect.

Lakeland was scheduled to play at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake on Friday night.

Police said security officers responded to the disruption around 8:40 p.m. during the game, which was in the 200 block of Kenyon Road on Friday night.

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These police officers were able to “resolve the situation,” police said. No injuries were reported.

However, officials made the decision to evacuate the stadium and cancel the rest of the match.

Officers were still at the scene at 10:30 p.m.

A police spokesperson said there was no ongoing public safety issue.

Officers regularly work on security at sporting events at high schools in Suffolk, police said.

The Suffolk incident on Friday night comes as security concerns erupted at many high schools in the area.

The Heritage High School football game scheduled for Friday night in Newport News was called off after a 15-year-old student reportedly shot and injured two 17-year-old students on Monday.

There has also been a significant increase in threats and rumors of threats against local Hampton Roads schools since the Heritage High shooting.

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