MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Mobile police are still looking for the person who shot two people outside Davidson High School Friday. But, some in the school system wonder if more security is necessary to keep families safe at games.
Safety will be on the agenda at Monday morning’s Mobile County Public School System’s board meeting. Part of it is keeping schools safe during the school day. But the question on how to keep students, and the public safe during after-school activities, remains.
Two people were shot and rushed to the hospital after a shooting outside a basketball game at Davidson High School Friday night.
“It could have happened at any school,” said Mobile resident Edwin White.
“Any time kids aren’t safe, and any time communities aren’t safe, that’s always a conversation to be had,” said Claire Melanson, who lives in Mobile.
Mobile County Public Schools System School Board member Dr. Reginald Crenshaw is ready to start that conversation, as to how schools can be safer, even after hours.
“I’m a basketball official also, so I see the hostile crowd, just from the game. And you can imagine, young people bringing situations from the community into the schools, or into a public event trying to get revenge. And we just can’t have that. We can’t have our young people or adults being subjected to that type of lack of control in terms of fights and that kind of stuff,” said Dr. Crenshaw.
This comes at the same time that MCPSS is set to approve nearly half a million dollars in grant money for school security.
“We’re the largest school system in the state of Alabama. We have right at 80 different facilities, elementary, high school, middles. But we’re going to have to do something to make sure that they’re more secure,” said Dr. Crenshaw.
He says he will be asking the MCPSS Superintendent to begin a study, to see just how much it will cost for metal detectors at all activities after school, including football and basketball games.
“It’s got to be done. We’ve got to address it before somebody gets seriously hurt. Although the shooting there was not life-threatening have been and innocent people could have been hurt,” said Dr. Crenshaw.
The MCPSS School Board meeting will be held Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Office.