APS beefs up football security after shooting

APS beefs up football security after shooting


APS beefs up football security after shooting


ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools is beefing-up security for high school football games following last week Friday’s shooting outside Grady stadium following gunfire that struck an 18-year-old Crim High School student.

Bullets also grazed the head of a passing motorist.

Grady High School stadium

Grady High School stadium

”I think Friday night was a terrible tragedy. It is scary, it is traumatizing, if you don’t find ways to get psycho-social support,” said APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen. “I’m just sad for the city. I’m sad for our kids and families. It’s just one of those reminder that we need to absolutely step up our game about making sure spaces like this are more safe.”

APS, along with Atlanta Police, have developed the “United We Play” game plan to increase security during games at both Grady High and Lakewood stadiums.

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The plan includes a more visible police presence, quicker ticketing and shorter lines for those going into games, perimeter security for pedestrians and surrounding neighborhoods …and training for stadium employees.

Carstarphen said she’s not concerned that people will stop attending games.

“Absolutely not. I’ve talked to tons of parents,”  said Carstarphen. “They know how important it. This is part of academics, you want to go to a good college. You want to get a scholarship, This is how you do it. So, it’s not acceptable that we turn our back on this issue. We have to make the environment possible for our kids to have the most rich public school experience possible. High quality. Safe, respectful and engaged.”



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