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Sumter School District boosts security measures at high school sporting events

BY TIM LEIBLE tim@theitem.com
Posted 10/3/19

Sumter School District is bumping up its security measures at its high school sporting events beginning on Friday at home varsity football games for Sumter and Lakewood.

The district is implementing a clear bag policy beginning with Sumter's game …

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Sumter School District boosts security measures at high school sporting events

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Sumter School District is bumping up its security measures at its high school sporting events beginning on Friday at home varsity football games for Sumter and Lakewood.

The district is implementing a clear bag policy beginning with Sumter's game against Lugoff-Elgin at Memorial Stadium and Lakewood's contest against Orangeburg-Wilkinson at J. Frank Baker Stadium.

In addition, Sumter High will be utilizing handheld metal detectors at its entrances on Friday. Crestwood and Lakewood will use the handheld detectors in the near future.

"This proactive measure is a part of the district's efforts to continually improve and advance safety and security measures," said Shelly Galloway, the Executive Director of Communications and Community Engagement for the district, about the clear bag policy. "Several school districts throughout the state have implemented this procedure, and it's something we've been discussing for a while and made the decision to go ahead and implement it."

Approved bags include plastic or vinyl bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 6 " x 12", one gallon clear plastic freezer bags, small clutch bags no larger than 4.5" x 6.5", medically necessary items and diaper bags if with an infant or toddler. The latter two bags will be inspected at the entrance.

Clear bags are not required to carry small permissible items such as keys, wallets and cell phones.

The No. 1 goal of these new security measures is to allow people to safely enjoy events in Sumter School District.

"As safety and security is our No. 1 priority, leaders will continue exploring all options to advance and improve safety and security measures in line with common procedures implemented at major events that have the potential to attract a large crowd," the district said in a statement.