Florida school: Football games are not moving from Friday night because of violence

Florida school: Football games are not moving from Friday night because of violence

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Florida school: Football games are not moving from Friday night because of violence

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — First Coast Buccaneers football coach Marty Lee is dispelling any and all rumors that the Buccaneers are planning to move their games from Friday nights to Saturday afternoons.

Lee says the rumors started on social media and he believes some people believed them because the Buccaneers were forced to move their annual spring football game against Ed White in May.

Lee says they decided to move the game from First Coast High School to Ed White because someone made threats on social media, saying they were going to shoot up the school.

 As a safety precaution, no parents, fans or media were allowed to attend the spring game.

Lee says they took the threat seriously because they had just lost a player. Johnell Johnson, 18, had just been shot and killed at a house party.

Lee says First Coast High School is taking all steps to make sure all home games at the school are safe.

Duval County School Superintendent Dr. Nilolai Vitt said this week that he was not ready to change game days or times, but wanted to engage the community in a discussion about the issue.

Lee says there are only two ways he’d even consider moving game from a Friday night to a Saturday afternoon. One is if a rivalry game was expected to bring crowds of thousands of fans. The other is if weather impacted the team’s ability to play.

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