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SC High School League urges schools to review safety precautions after FL mass shooting

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In the wake of a devastating mass shooting, the South Carolina High School League is urging schools to evaluate precautionary measures in place at high school athletic events.

The SCHSL issued a memo about mass shootings prompting concerns about safety at athletic events and they re-issued the same memo following the shooting killing 17 at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14.

"Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was the scene of a most horrific mass murder at the hands of an individual in which 17 innocent lives were taken," said SCHSL commissioner Jerome Singleton. "The frightful truth of the matter is, it can happen anywhere, to any one of us at any moment."

The memo to schools encourages administrators to consider venue-specific changes to keep events safe, specifically regarding exit routes for all seating, parking lot accessibility, and the visible presence of first responders.

"A disgruntled fan, employee and/or student can pose a serious/deadly threat to others if entry is made with a weapon," the memo states.

The SCHSL said schools should consider the clear bag policy in effect at many college and pro athletic events as well as metal detectors.

"Now more than ever, we must all focus our efforts on keeping students and staff safe while inside school facilities and on school grounds," Singleton said.

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