A North Carolina high school has canceled its last football game due to security concerns after a group of cheerleaders were punished last Monday, Sept. 16, for posing in front of a Trump 2020 banner at an Aug. 30 game.
Accordingly, the Stanly County schools announced the cancellations at an Aug. 30 game on American Night without specifying the nature of the concerns, Fox News reported.
SCS has been notified of additional information that could compromise safety measures in place for sporting events. Upon receiving information, the NSHS football game scheduled for 9/20/19 is canceled. Safety is our first concern. https://t.co/jxIBaqzNjx pic.twitter.com/pChtIO0xMX
— Stanly Co. Schools (@StanlySchools) September 20, 2019
The decision comes just days after the North Carolina High School Athletic Association placed the cheerleading squad at North Stanly High School on probation for the rest of the season because district policy bans political ads at school events, Stanly County Schools announced Monday.
But the NCHSAA hasn’t “defined the terms of the probation” and the team is expected to continue cheering, the school district said in a release.
Several people had planned to hold a rally before Friday’s game to support the cheerleading squad.
“There was no threat,” Jeremy Onitreb, one of the rally organizers, told the McClatchy news group. “Nobody’s coming up there to hurt the kids. It’s not what this was about.”
He said the rally would take place despite the canceled game.