Southwest Guilford High School beefs up security ahead of football season

HIGH POINT, NC (WGHP) – As football season begins for many high schools in the Piedmont Triad region, new safety protocols are also being put in place as huge crowds gather in school stadiums .

Counties across the state put school safety first before the start of the school year, and extracurricular activities like sports are no exception.

Southwest Guilford High School played its first home game on Friday, as the start of the season begins, officials said they plan to increase safety for students, staff and spectators.

Brindon Christmon, athletic director of Southwest Guilford High School, said the school already has safety protocols in place such as no bags, no food, no drinks and no entry into the stadium. The school also has a no re-entry policy after the game has started.

“Traffic going in and out in the same place and I think that helps us a lot with safety as well,” Christmon said.

Christmon said as South West Guilford are starting the football season they have added more safety protocols in place to ensure people are inside the stadium enjoying carefree fun.

“We have three police officers from High Point every year, we plan for this event, they’re on high alert, they know what to look for, they’re very visible during the game,” Christmon said.

Christmon said they have now kicked out three officers so people can see them when they enter the stadium, two are staying there during the game, while the third will continuously walk around the stadium throughout the night.

Christmon said vision officers act as a deterrent to people who might think they’re doing something wrong.

As the start of the school year approaches and extracurricular activities and sports for students intensify, officials hope that people will continue to enjoy the games without fear that anything bad will happen.

“School has always been a place where children can enjoy athletics and have school spirit and pride and we want them to feel safe in our community, especially in the community of southwest,” Christmon said.

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