School superintendent addresses fight at football game

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An investigation is ongoing and petitions are likely to be filed against two minors involved in a fight at a Dan River High football game on Friday.

One of the students was from Dan River and the other was from G.W. High. Deputies also recovered a handgun after they were chasing one of the students involved.

“Everyone knows that schools are no place for guns and our administrators speak with our students the first day of school regarding their responsibility, so it should not have been there,” says Pittsylvania County Schools Division Superintendent Mark Jones.

Sutherland resident Bonnie Solomon has two grandchildren who graduation from Dan River High just last year.


“I just don’t understand young people, what goes through their mind. That they have to carry a gun to settle anything, you know?” says Solomon.

Solomon has many family members who attend the high school football games.

“You’ve always got to have your eyes open and you’ve got to be thinking,” says Solomon.

Superintendent Jones says there is always an administrative and law enforcement presence at the football games.

“Speaking with the principal, within seconds there was presence there. The deputies were there on sight,” says Jones about the response to the fight.

Jones says bags aren’t currently screened at games, but he and other staff will be working together to determine how best to move forward.


“I will speak with our safety team here to talk about what we can do, what we should do so we can make it safe for everyone,” says Jones.

He says he’s also spoken with deputies and the high school principal, and that the school is a safe environment for students.


“We put measures into place and feel very good about the measures that we have in place, that our schools are safe places, that our events are safe,” says Jones.

He says that while they are looking into the matter, it is too early to tell what new measures might be adopted. Jones adds that in cases like this, the student involved is typically not allowed back on school grounds.

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