‘Disturbance involving spectators’ cancels remainder of Lakeland High School football game in Suffolk


SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The remainder of a football game at Lakeland High School in Suffolk Friday night was canceled after a “disturbance” involving spectators.

A police official said the disturbance related to fights, and that social media posts referring to a shooting were incorrect.

Lakeland was scheduled to play Chesapeake’s Great Bridge High School Friday night.

Police said officers working security responded to the disturbance around 8:40 p.m. at the game, which was in the 200 block of Kenyon Road Friday evening.

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Those officers were able to “address the situation,” police said. There were no injuries reported.

However, officials made the decision to evacuate the stadium and cancel the remainder of the game.

Officers were still on scene as of 10:30 p.m.

A police spokesman said there were no ongoing public safety concerns.

Officers routinely work security at high school sporting events in Suffolk, police said.

The incident in Suffolk Friday night comes as security issues have come up at many area high schools.

The Heritage High School football game scheduled for Friday night in Newport News was cancelled after a 15-year-old student allegedly shot and injured two 17-year-old students on Monday.

There was also been a significant increase in threats and rumors of threats to local Hampton Roads schools since the Heritage High shooting.

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