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New safety measures in place at Warren Township football games after fight breaks out – NBC Chicago


New safety measures are now in place at future football games at Warren Township High School following a fight in last week’s home game against Maine South.

“Whatever they do to make sure that doesn’t happen,” said neighbor Odelia Socha. “I am for.”

Socha lives right next to Gurnee High School. The football field is visible from its garden.

“I’m so close to the school that I think if there were more serious issues it could impact one of my neighbors or myself,” she said. “I know it would be a shame.”

The Superintendent of School District 121 at Warren Township High School sent an email to parents notifying them of the incident.

He said: “Towards the end of the game, a fight broke out involving students and adults. School officials and law enforcement immediately intervened and several students and adults were arrested. »

Gurnee police told NBC Chicago that an officer was pepper sprayed by a 15-year-old girl from Zion as he tried to break up the fight. She was charged with aggravated assault and battery on a police officer and resisting his arrest.

“It’s very alarming because we’ve never had any issues like this,” Socha said.

The superintendent said the district is implementing changes at home games to avoid another violent incident.

Changes include:

  • Visitors 18 and older should be prepared to show ID to prove their age.
  • High school students must present a school ID
  • High school students who do not attend Warren Township or the opponent’s high school will be denied entry.
  • Backpacks will not be allowed in the game
  • No entry after the 3rd quarter
  • Concessions will close earlier

Socha said authorities had to halt a back-to-school event after a fight broke out in the street. She knows the school is doing everything to keep everyone safe.

“I will be more on my toes and make sure to watch things, especially on game nights and that sort of thing. I’ll watch,” she said.

Administrators said the 15-year-old from Zion who was arrested and charged was not a student at Warren or Maine South. The next home game is Friday night against Libertyville.


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