South View Parents Patrol Stands to Keep H.S. Football Fans Safe
Posted October 7, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT
HOPE MILLS — Two schools, one major rivalry, and a history of violence. Friday night, parents were on watch at a Cumberland County high school football game to keep students safe.
The football teams fromSouth ViewandDouglas Byrdhigh school's went into Friday night's game as two undefeated teams. The matchup is typically one of the rowdiest football games of the year.
That is why a dozen South View parents donned special hats and shirts, and volunteered to patrol the stands.
"We are parent volunteers, and we're basically just patrolling the area to make sure there are no problems. If there is a problem then we have to call the head of security and let him know what is going on. So, basically, [we are here] just to keep everyone calmed down," says parent Terrence McAllister.
South View administrators believe parents are more effective at keeping students out of trouble than deputies. That is because they feel students are less likely to act up around adults they know.
With about 7,000 emotional footballs fans on hand Friday night, school officials needed all the crowd control they could get.
"I'm a grad here from South View and I've got a good rapport with some of the kids," says Dennis Williams, another parent volunteering at the game. "I feel like I can come out here and help out, if any accidents or if I see anything occurring, just notify some authorities before things get out of hand."
Thanks to the help of parents on the Tiger Volunteer Patrol, there were no major problems to reports at the game. They will back gain next week as South View faces Terry Sanford.