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High school football matchup moved up to curb violence, now canceled due to social media threats | #schoolsaftey

Security concerns have prompted high school football coaches in South Carolina to call off a Friday night matchup.

Hemingway was supposed to take on Johnsonville at 6 p.m. and that was already an earlier start time than originally scheduled, in hopes of curbing any violence.

Hemingway’s football coach Byron Adam said the game has been canceled due to security concerns and added, the principals of both schools agreed, due to threatening social media posts.

The two schools have a rivalry and Florence County Sheriff T.J. Joye planned to have as many as 25 deputies at the game as a show of force.

Also, Joye said his office was looking into more than a dozen threats and whether they’re connected to a shooting that happened this week in Johnsonville. No one was injured in that shooting.

Any threat is credible to me, with these times that we are having now,” the sheriff said. “With shootings at the ballgame — the day of enjoying the fall and Friday night football is something of the past — and it is concerning to me; however, I am not into decision-making for the school. But, we have to support whatever they want to do.”

Community members told WPDE’s Tonya Brown the schools did the right thing, but such action being taken at all was “sad.”

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