York school board approves safety measures for football games

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – York City School board members approved a number of safety measures for the rest of the high school football season at their meeting Wednesday night.

The changes come after two people were shot in the parking lot outside Small Athletic Field earlier this month.

Home football games won’t be played on Friday nights, but on Saturday afternoons for the rest of the season.

“We want our kids to play under the lights, but you got to look at facts here. Guns are in our future, and our young people are the ones who are handling the guns. So, we’re going to look out for our kids,” School Board President Maggie Orr said.

The school board voted to spend almost $20,000 on equipment upgrades, including more radios and a better sound system. More cameras were installed Thursday afternoon.

The school officers who patrol the games don’t carry guns, so the board voted to have a city police officer and a York County sheriff’s officer patrol the parking lot at remaining home games.

“The two people are going to just cruise the parking lot, looking at all directions, keeping everyone safe,” Orr said.

The Bearcats will play Red Lion Saturday at noon. School officials said they hope to move games back to Friday nights next season.

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