• High School football means new security measure in Duval County Schools

    By: Brittney Verner , Action News Jax

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Families in Jacksonville are excited about a new season of high school football and some said they’re even more excited to learn about the new security measures to keep people safe at the games.

    On Friday, Ed White High School held it’s first preseason football game against Raines High.

    Raines High is one of two schools in Duval County that have had violent issues occur at games in the past year.  

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    In August of 2018. there was a deadly shooting at a Raines Football game, and in May of this year, there was a shooting at Terry Parker High’s spring game. The one in May wasn’t fatal, but, both have prompted the school district to make changes to security.

    Some parents like James Brailsford said it's sad to know how times have changed.

    “It's sad that this is what it comes down to that we have to have this kind of security at a high school ball game,” Brailsford said.

    This year, Duval County Public Schools announced its protocols to keep people safe at varsity football games, which included starting all games earlier at 6 p.m., wanding people before they enter, not allowing backpacks and searching all bags to name a few.

    Brailsford said although its shocking to see the safety measures change drastically compared to when he was in school, he’s pleased if it means ensuring safety.Download WJAX Apps

    “Whatever’s safe for everybody I don’t mind,” Brailsford said.

    Although the official high school football season hasn’t started yet, many parents said they appreciate the effort the district is putting forth to make sure everyone stays safe.

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