(Memphis) Football season is back, and two local rivals – Craigmont and Raleigh-Egypt – hit the field Friday night, but getting into the game was a little different this time around.
Shelby County sheriff’s deputies showed up, armed with metal detectors. Everyone arriving at the game had to be searched, and no one seemed to mind one bit.
“I want to have a good time, without any rabble-rousers or shootings,” Larry Bradley said after getting searched.
Bradley’s son attends Craigmont and said there has been violence at the games before, so getting met by a strong show of security was a breath of fresh air.
The sheriff’s department hoped to get that type of reception. They wanted to make sure everyone was safe – before, during, and after the game.
“We pay attention to which games are what we consider hot games that week. meaning they are big rivalries, because they are really great teams or are they possibly even
neighborhood rivalries,” said Captain Faith Cunningham.
Parents are more mindful of violence after multiple weapons were found in Shelby County Schools for the past couple weeks and a man shot after the Whitehaven Football Classic recently.
They say they support whatever it takes to keep weapons away and their kids doing what they should be doing on a Friday night – supporting their school.
“It makes more people come out, have everything under control, I think it will be better,” said Bradley.