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Yet another Mississippi high school football game canceled due to safety concerns

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For the second week in a row, a Mississippi high school football game has been canceled due to safety concerns.

The game between Meridian and West Lauderdale, a longtime rivalry, was called off following an on-campus incident last week.

“There was an incident at MHS during dismissal on Friday, September 9, 2022, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the students and fans of Meridian High School and West Lauderdale, the decision was made to cancel tonight’s contest,” a statement from the Meridian School District released last Friday read.

Now, tonight’s game between McComb and Brookhaven, a game that has been played almost every year since 1920, has been canceled after threats were made against the Brookhaven School District campuses via social media. According to The Daily Leader, an 11-year-old and a 12-year-old were taken in for questioning Friday afternoon.

The 11-year-old has already been presented to Youth Court and will be sent to the Natchez Training School detention center.

“Today, our beloved district was disrupted by the selfish acts of an individual who saw fit to spread threats of violence on social media,” District Superintendent Dr. Rod Henderson said. “I need everyone … to understand that I will not tolerate these acts of reckless and selfish behavior in any form or fashion. We will not allow such actions to derail or divert (BSD) from achieving the goals that have been set in place for this school year.”

As of now, neither game will be rescheduled. To keep up with storylines, scores, and more from Mississippi’s high school football scene, click here.

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