Thursday night’s basketball games between Columbia High School and Bob Jones High school have been canceled due to the threat of violence.
Principal Clifford Porter posted on the Columbia High School Girls Basketball Facebook page saying, “The game versus Bob Jones H.S. tonight at Columbia has been cancelled. Due to threats that have been received of impending violence after the game in light of recent violence in Madison, the administration of Bob Jones High School had decided not to participate in tonight’s contest. My apologies to the Columbia Family for this inconvenience. Tonight’s Senior Night Activities have been rescheduled for tomorrow night for the game against Lee High School.”
The Superintendent of the Madison City Schools sent out this email regarding the situation:
“Today, I made the decision along with my assistant superintendent and the principal and administration at Bob Jones High School to cancel tonight’s basketball game at Columbia High School.
We did this in consultation with Madison police. Recent reports in social media and through other sources raised concerns of possible fighting during or after the game. There has been no violence or threat of violence at Bob Jones High School.
If you have any concerns, please email or call me.”
WZDX Sports Anchor, Charity Chambers, spoke to Captain John Stringer of the Madison Police Department who said they were made aware of some Columbia and Bob Jones students posting about fighting during or after the game. Capt. Stringer says he supports both schools in their decision and that safety is the number one priority.
Stringer also said that fighting will not be tolerated on any campus. Those who are involved with a fight will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest.