NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Security is out in full force Friday night as Wilbur Cross takes on Xavier High School at Bowen Stadium.
The heightened security comes after there were a number of fights in the stands last Friday at the Hillhouse game against Hamden. Police had to get involved due to the fights. News 8 was told roughly 3,000 people showed up to last week’s game.
School officials say when one fight was broken up another would start, leading to chaos among students and parents.
“They were escorting some of the young people who were making trouble out and they were sneaking back in, climbing over fences that kind of thing,” said Justin Harmon, a New Haven Public Schools District spokesman.
Now, no students are allowed to attend the games unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
“We’ve had a handful of folks have said ‘you’re pushing this too far, do you know if our kids can’t go to the game without us they’ll end up not going, you know that’s a problem,’ our feeling is we rather air on the side of safety at this point and hope that this is not necessary for very long,” Harmon said.
There is one entrance to get into the game and one to get out. They are asking for IDs and using a metal detector for fans coming in.
School Superintendent Dr. Ilene Tracy says the policy for all New Haven Public School sporting events will remain in effect until further notice.