Top administrators for the Des Moines school district unleashed a deluge of criticism toward Ames schools and high school sports officials Friday after being told to call off a football game.
Ames’ superintendent and a top Iowa High School Athletic Association official said they thought it might not be safe to hold a game at Des Moines East High School because of published reports about possible violence Friday.
Des Moines police and district leaders said that those reports were baseless rumors, and school district representatives didn’t try to hide their disdain for the decision, which will cost East thousands of dollars in lost ticket and concession receipts. Formally, East forfeited the football game and lost a chance to improve its playoff prospects.
“It’s unfortunate our students are punished because people living north of here think they know more than us,” said Phil Roeder, a Des Moines district spokesman.
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