AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Over the past two weeks, several local school districts have changed their policies regarding sporting events.
We have seen Aiken County implement a clear bag policy at their games. Jefferson County implemented a similar policy in late August.
Here’s how this policy changes the way spectators present themselves on game day.
“Knowing at the beginning of this year that it would be for high schools. We’ve made sure to stock some of our local school colors, and it’s been very well received by the community,” said Joey Galloway, Principal at Communigraphics.
It has been selling clear bags for two years, but since high schools made the decision, fans who go to support their schools are stopping.
“With the first North Augusta game, we had a lot of customers. They were buying the clear bags,” Galloway said.
Galloway overhears things in his store, including confusion over this decision.
“It’s been more scrutinized, and they don’t see it as a need for that area, but they’re following the guidelines,” Galloway said.
Jefferson County Superintendent Sam Dasher said while nothing happened in their district, many did in others, such as a gun found at one of the county’s football games. of Richmond.
This makes the county want to go ahead and impose transparent bags and add metal detectors.
“The wrong time to determine that you have a problem like this is when a problem arises. I firmly believe that an ounce of prevention is better than cure. So we try to take proactive measures to ensure that we don’t have those incidents in our games,” Dasher said.
For Strom Thurmond games in Edgefield County, no secondary or elementary students are permitted to participate in games without an adult. Secondary students must have their school ID card to participate in the games.
Away students will need a school ID card to sit in the home stands. Students without school or parent ID must sit in the stands outside.
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