Mobile Schools ‘investigating’ after Ladd shooting, says superintendent

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MCPSS Superintendent: Shooting at Ladd was 'an unfortunate event'

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Chreshal Threadgill released a statement Monday addressing the shooting that happened at the Vigor-Williamson football game Friday night.

Shots were fired just before 10 p.m. Friday night at Ladd Peebles Stadium. Five people were injured. Two people have been arrested in connection to the shooting and Mobile police are still searching for a third suspect.

Read the superintendent’s full statement below:

“The shooting that transpired Friday night at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium was such an unfortunate event.  First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the three students and the two others who were injured in such a senseless act. We also pray for those who witnessed the event.

We are currently reassessing all protocols and procedures related to safety and security at MCPSS-sponsored events. As a district, we contract with Ladd-Pebbles Stadium to rent the facility and to provide security at each game held at the facility.  As per our contract, security personnel are secured at Ladd’s General Manager’s sole discretion, paid for by Ladd, and then reimbursed by Mobile County Public Schools. In addition to what Ladd provides, MCPSS goes above and beyond by furnishing metal detectors, school resource officers, and additional security guards, making our safety measures for high school sporting events the region’s most thorough.

What happened Friday should never have happened, and we will do everything in our control to make sure it does not happen again.

Mobile County Public Schools is investigating all of the details of Friday’s incident and will make whatever changes are necessary to our security plan as we go forward. We will remain in constant contact with the Mobile Police Department and Ladd-Peebles Stadium officials as decisions are being made regarding the remainder of the 2021 football season.  The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and spectators is and will remain our number one priority.”

Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Chresal D. Threadgill

In 2019, nine people were injured in a shooting at the same stadium during a football game between Leflore High School and Williamson High School. Threadgill issued the following statement after that shooting.

All of our hearts in Mobile County Public Schools go out to the families of the students involved in last night’s shooting at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Even though we do not know all of the details surrounding the situation yet, or understand why this happened, we are pulling together as a community to move forward. To our Mobile County Public Schools families, I want to assure you that student safety is our first priority and ultimate concern above all others. Therefore as Superintendent, I promise that we will be working around the clock and with the City of Mobile to ensure that preventative measures are in place to keep anything like this from happening again.The school system, law enforcement and the entire community have been working together as a team to take a more proactive stance against teen violence. The violence has got to end because of the devastating impact it is making on the lives of our youth. At this particular time, we solicit prayers and support from all of Mobile County as we work through this tragedy. We would like to thank the Mobile Police Department for its swift action in containing the situation last night. It is our hope that as a community we can come together and end violence.

Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Chresal D. Threadgill

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