DEVELOPING STORY: Security threat identified for Northview/Eufaula football game

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UPDATE Friday, 9/7 10:20 p.m. est

Authorities were on high alert during the Eufaula High School versus Northview High School football game.

Thankfully, at this time, no violence has been reported from the game following a threat.

Authorities say the threat was made out of Dothan.

Eufaula School officials say an EHS student heard about the threat and brought the concern to school administrators.  

Eufaula Police say they, along with Dothan Police, conducted a parallel investigation.

During the game, police say they were looking out for a “few individuals” from Dothan.

Eufaula City Schools determined it would be safe to host to the game, but with increased security.

“Any time that we hear of something that might be a danger to our students, staff or patrons at a football game, we take it very seriously. We contact the proper authorities and other systems or agencies, such as the Eufaula Police Department and look at what we need to do,” Mitzi Clayton with ECS said ahead of Friday night’s game.

At the gates, police and school administrators were checking bags, using handheld metal detectors, and keeping a watchful eye out for suspicious behavior. Fans are also kept separated during the game.

ECS says the student did the right thing by coming forward after hearing about the threat.

Police say they are still investigating. No suspects have been identified at this time.

Stay with News Three for updates.

UPDATE

Eufaula City Schools has released a statement from Superintendent Elisabeth Davis. In it, she goes into more detail about the rumors and safety precautions.

According to Davis, in addition to bag searching, hand metal detectors will be provided at the gate. Entrance procedure will be normal with visitors entering at a separate gate.

Here is the complete statement:

Eufaula City Schools has heard non-substantiated rumors of possible threats at the football game tomorrow night, September 7, 2018, at Eufaula vs. Northview of Dothan. The police departments and school administrators of both Eufaula and Dothan have been in contact with each other. Steve Saverese from the Alabama High School Athletic Association has also been part of these conversations.

There will be extra police officers and school administrators at the football game. All bags will be checked at the entry points.  As usual, visitors will enter at a separate gate and will be prohibited from coming on the home side. Handheld metal detectors will be available at each gate.

Safety of all patrons is very important. After review of all policies and safety procedures, we feel confident in continuing with the scheduled football game. Police have assured us security and safety will be maintained.

We will keep you updated as the story progresses.

ORIGINAL STORY

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – A threat of violence has been made for the Northview/Eufaula football game Friday night.

Dothan City Schools sent out a robocall Thursday night, stressing that added security will be in place at the game.

The message is as follows:

This message is for all Dothan City Schools parents and students from the office of the superintendent of Dothan City Schools.

The Eufaula school system has received a threat of possible violence at tomorrow night’s Northview/Eufaula football game. 

In the interest of safety and security, all bags will be searched upon entry of the stadium. Additional police from Eufaula City will be present at the stadium.

Police have advised that any violence or threatening behavior will be adjudicated harshly. The safety of our students is of the utmost priority, and parents are being provided with the most up-to-date information. Thank you.

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