Hartford (WTVY)-- Fans attending Friday night’s high school football game in Hartford must pass through security checkpoints. Police Chief Annie Ward and Geneva County High School Principal Ashely Sanders term the action precautionary and stress there have been no threats.
Hartford Police Chief Annie Ward and Geneva County High School Principal Ashley Sanders check the football stadium prior to Homecoming game in this October 6, 2017 photo.
“We’re just simply trying to be proactive and make coming to the ballgame an enjoyable experience for our citizens,” Ward said.
Almost 60 people were killed and more than 500 injured this week when a gunman opened fire on those attending a country music show in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, a student in Geneva-- about 15 miles from Hartford-- was arrested Wednesday for making social media threats on social media against the high school there.
Handheld metal detectors, Ward said, will be used to make sure no weapons are brought into the stadium. Gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday, two hours ahead of kickoff, in anticipation of a large homecoming crowd for the game against Samson.
“Anytime I can ensure the safety of my students and community members I want to take advantage of that,” Sanders said.
The National Peanut Festival Pageant, scheduled Saturday, will also have increased security.