Dealing with the aftermath of fights
Fights broke out in the stands and in the parking lot during and after the last home football game Sept. 7 against Tampa Bay Tech.
In the wake of the upcoming game, administration is taking action to prevent similar situations in the future.
During the fights, both the police and administration got involved to break up the fights.
Four teenagers were arrested, none of which were students at Hillsborough or Tampa Bay Tech, under the charges of “disrupting a school function” and “affray,” reports the Tampa Police Department.
TPD also received calls regarding shots heard nearby but according to the TPD, “[The TPD] found no evidence of gunfire.”
ABC Action News aired a video of students running down Central Avenue taken by local resident Anthony Trevin after what he reported hearing what he thought was several gun shots.
Students who were present after the game also say they heard sounds similar to gunshots. Red & Black reporter Kylie Smith recalls watching a person hold and shoot a gun into the air then climb into a car. Freshman Marley Lambert said she was in a car with her friends at the intersection of Central and Osborne leaving the football game that night when she heard what she thought was three gunshots.
However, when the police came to investigate the reports, the results were inconclusive.
The week following the game, Principal Gary Brady made a call to parents relaying the events of the game. “In my five years as your principal, we have had very few, if any incidents at all at our games and no arrests,” he said.
In order to prevent future incidents, additional officers will be in place at future football games (including Friday, Sept. 27 against Jefferson) and he has worked closely with the Tampa Police Department, school security and athletic departments to ensure safety.