Threats of a “Louisville Purge” have caused the postponement of at least one high school football scrimmage Friday night.
St. Xavier was scheduled to host Simon Kenton at 7:30 p.m., but the scrimmage has been rescheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Simon Kenton.
St. X coach Will Wolford said Kenton County administrators did not want the Simon Kenton team to travel to Louisville because of the purge threats circulating on Twitter and other social media.
Simon Kenton coach Jeff Marksberry said safety was behind the decision of officials there.
“Bottom line, we don’t know the seriousness of the threat,” he said. “We’re an hour and a half from home. If something does happen, the safety of our kids and staff and everybody else is of the utmost importance for us.”
In the “Purge” movie, a mob kills people during a fictitious 12-hour period where all criminal activity becomes legal. The original “Louisville Purge” post says it will take place from 8 p.m. Friday until 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
Louisville Metro Police and other law enforcement agencies have said they are monitoring the situation to be prudent.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and followed on Twitter @kyhighs.