Violence threats prompt school officials to cancel football game in Port Charlotte

Posted at 6:39 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 18:39:07-04

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.-- On Friday, violence threats between football players and other students at Cape Coral high school caused a football game against Port Charlotte high school to be canceled. Officials at both schools agreed to cancel the football game just hours before kick-off as a precaution to keep both athletes and game attendees safe. 

"It's usually been weather so for something like this to cancel a football game that's pretty, that's pretty big," said Cape Coral HS student Lauryn Howard. 

Mike Riley with Charlotte County schools told Fox4 that the school spoke with local law enforcement including Port Charlotte Sheriff's Office and the Lee County Sheriff's Office before making the decision. Both schools said student safety is a top priority and threats made against other students is always taken seriously. 

"Whatever the officials believe that they need to do to keep people safe comes first," said Howard. 

Students Fox4 spoke to after school Monday said despite the game being canceled on Friday, they were looking forward to attending the makeup game. 

The Port Charlotte School District said extra police presence is planned for the rescheduled game. The game is now planned for Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at Port Charlotte High School.