As teams get ready to hit the field to kick off the 2018 high school football season in Tennessee, safety is top of mind.
Just last weekend, a youth football coach was shot at a game at Antioch High School.
Lt. Scott Moore from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting puts things into perspective.
“This is happening at youth events, which is sad,” said Lt. Moore. “I think looking at events like that, you can’t become complacent. As security, sometimes it’s easy to come in and assume nothing is going to happen. That’s a good learning lesson, anything can happen at any given time.”
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association requires host middle and high school teams to provide sufficient security at games.
Lt. Moore said the sheriff’s office has taken that one step further, bringing at least one security officer from the area to each away game.
Lt. Moore said deciding how many deputies and where to place them depends on the teams playing.
Key questions include rivalry history and recent social media posts, as well as input from school administrators and anticipating where the teams will cross paths.
Lt. Moore said deputies from the sheriff’s office primarily provides the security, and for some games, work alongside police departments in the county.
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