Student tries to take shotgun into local football game

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 9/14/2013 10:30 pm Published: 9/14/2013 10:24 pm

There's been two weeks of football, and Tulsa Public Schools has seen problems at one stadium on both weeks.

The trouble this week began Friday night at SE Williams Stadium in north Tulsa when a student tried to bring a shotgun to the game.

SE Williams Stadium is on Booker T Washington's campus, but other schools like Central High use it as a home venue too.

Tulsa Public Schools, Athletic Director Gil Cloud told FOX23 the commotion started Friday night when one student tried to get a suspicious backpack through the gate.

Friday night in Oklahoma is all about high school football, but sometimes the people watching are looking for trouble.

Cloud told FOX23 Dominique Morgan, a student at Central High School and another young man showed up at the gate at SE Williams Stadium Friday night with a backpack. A police officer confronted them.

"When the officer asked them what was in the bag, they bolted," Cloud said. "They took off and dropped the bag."

Officers found the rifle inside the bag, chased down the two and arrested them.

This isn't the first time in this football season a report has been filed at SE Williams Stadium. Just last week, a brawl broke out in the parking lot.

Officers had to use pepper spray to break up the fight among nearly 30 people.

TPS Police Chief Gary Ruddick announced before the season even started that TPS would not tolerate violence.

"We try to wand and screen people at the gate. It's very important that people have identification," he said.

These incidents raise the need for more security.

Officers will patrol parking lots constantly.

TPS may even change when games are played.

"We could possibly move a game to a Saturday afternoon," Cloud told FOX23. "Or move up a game time earlier where it's still daylight."

Cloud says they are making the changes because they want to be proactive rather than reactive.

He wanted me to reassure you that TPS events are safe.

In fact, both of these events happened outside the stadium, not inside near the kids.

TPS already upgraded security four years ago after a football fight.

Fans from Booker T Washington and East Central got involved.

Several people were hurt, and police hauled away three gang members in handcuffs.

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Unwashed Mass - 9/15/2013 10:26 AM
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So TPS "solution" is "give us more money and authority"

Mayor Maynot - 9/15/2013 10:11 AM
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HS Football has been a big event in Tulsa. Every team has a big rival. Every dog has his day. Gosh awful shame they have to go this far to protect the kids. Thank goodness that they continue to do a good job.

karlschneider - 9/15/2013 8:40 AM
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Amazing...the thing magically morphed from a shotgun into a rifle in one short story. Don't they have any writers with an I.Q. over room temperature?
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