FLINT, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Flint Community Schools Superintendent Kevelin Jones released a letter to the families of Flint school students on Tuesday informing them that the upcoming Jaguars’ home
football games would be closed to the public because of incidents that happened at a game on Friday, September 16th.
Halfway through last week’s game, officials cancelled it after multiple fights broke out among the visitors under the bleachers and in the parking lot at Northwestern High School. This caused more than a half dozen police cars to respond.
Jones wrote in the letter about the decision to make the games by invitation only, “At Flint Community Schools, the safety and well-being of our school community is always our primary concern, whether scholars are in the classroom or taking part in after-school activities. We are always reviewing our safety protocols to ensure that we are doing
everything we can to create a safe environment for our school community to learn, grow and play.”
Their upcoming home games on Friday, September 23rd and 30th will be by invitation only with each scholar-athlete able to invite five people who will be allowed to enter the game. Names will need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the game.
Also allowed to attend are members of the Education Foundation, Flint Athletic Alumni, FCS staff members and athletic scouts with approval of the Athletic Director, Jamie Foster.
The letter said that the new protocol will allow them to limit the number of attendees and track who is at the games.
The letter continued, “We have high expectations for our school community. Scholars should know that when they are out in the world, they are representing Flint Community Schools and must demonstrate safety, mindfulness, respect and responsibility. We expect the same from our visitors. Per our code of conduct, we will not allow anyone to attend games if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are turned away at the gates, you are expected to leave the grounds. There will be no exceptions. We will continue to do all we can to create space for our school community to come together.”