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Wayne County Schools Increase Security For Sporting Events

Posted October 29, 2002 10:42 a.m. EST

— After a meeting with the Superintendent and all of the Wayne County high-school principals on Monday afternoon, Wayne County's six public high schools have decided to heighten security measures at sporting events.

Dr. Steven Taylor, Superintendent of Wayne County Public Schools, called the meeting to look at ways to enhance security measures at home games.

Taylor convened the meeting in the wake of a shooting in the stands at Friday's football game in Goldsboro between Goldsboro and Kinston. Two men, who were not students at either school, got into an altercation that left one with a bullet wound in the knee. The alleged shooter has been arrested, and the victim has been released from the hospital.

The following procedures will now be enforced at all Wayne County school sporting events:

  • - Both hand-held and portable walkthrough metal detectors will be used at the majority of home ball games.
  • More police officers and deputies will be on-hand in strategic locations of the stadiums.
  • Increased security in parking lot areas.
  • More lighting across campuses.
  • Conduct a utility audit to determine where additional lighting is needed.
  • These measures go into effect immediately at Goldsboro High, Charles B. Aycock High, Spring Creek High, Southern Wayne High, Eastern Wayne High and Rosewood High.

    "While we feel this was an isolated incident, we needed to respond in such a way that the public will feel secure at all extracurricular activities and events held at our schools," Dr. Taylor said. "The increased security measures decided upon will be effective immediately and will serve to increase security and safety at our future school events."