Public invited to school board meeting to discuss security

John Joyce
  • York City School District invites the public to attend tonight's board meeting to discuss safety after a shooting outside a recent high school football game.

In light of Friday's shootings outside a high school football game in which two men were injured, the York City School District has invited the public to attend its regularly scheduled board meeting Monday.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the school district's administration building located at 31 N. Pershing Ave.

Police investigate a shooting outside of Small Athletic Field on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in York City. The shooting, which happened during the fourth quarter of a football game between William Penn and J.P. McCaskey is still under investigation. Amanda J. Cain photo

In an earlier statement released after the shooting, the district said discussions between the board, the school district's police department and the York City Police were ongoing regarding increasing security at the games. The potential also exists for changes to be made to the times at which future home games will be played.

Shooting: York City Police officers were dispatched to Small Athletic Field at 9:34 p.m. Friday for a reported shooting, according to a news release.

The officers found two victims, Darius Allen, 23, of York City, and Antwan Jackson, 20, of the York area. Allen was struck once in the abdomen and Jackson was struck once in the back. The incident resulted in a 20-minute lockdown with the 1,000-plus family, friends and fans in attendance asked to remain inside the stadium until the all-clear was given.

The shootings were the result of a verbal dispute that started inside the stadium during the game and continued outside the stadium after the participants were removed by York City School District police officers, according to the release. So far no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made.

Officials at York Hospital said Monday there was no information for patients listed under either Allen's or Jackson's name.

Security eyed after shootings outside York High football game

Community invited: The public is invited to attend tonight's board meeting to hear and share in the discussion about security at future high school sporting events. School board president Margie Orr has already said in advance of any potential decisions going forward, she is certain that the school district police force will continue to not carry firearms in the course of their duties.

In its news release inviting the community to tonight's meeting, the school board said it shares in the public's desire to "make sure that every possible precaution is taken to protect our students, our staff and our guests at all district facilities and at all times."

The statement went on to say that the Bearcat family is stronger together, and the school board looks forward to a productive meeting.

— Reach John Joyce or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD