DeLand, FL – Two recent shootings at Florida high school football games have prompted two local school districts to make “safety and security” changes.
Starting immediately, Volusia County Schools will not allow anyone to enter a stadium event with backpacks, including football games. That applies to adults and students, according to VCS spokesperson Robert Edgcomb.
The new VCS policy is similar to ones already in place in Seminole and Orange counties.
Events in gyms and other venues aren’t impacted by the policy change.
Flagler County Schools will also have a no-backpack policy, but that will take place after the Labor Day weekend to give people enough time to prepare for the change, according to FCS spokesperson Jason Wheeler.
Three people were shot during a high school football game in Jacksonville last Friday, with one of them dying. A 16-year-old has been arrested and charged in that case.
The other shooting took place the weekend prior in Palm Beach County, forcing the evacuation of the stadium during the game. Two people were shot in that incident.