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Security heightened at West Orange track meet following violent incident

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A pair of Bridge City police officers keep watch at Thursday's track meet. A pair of Bridge City police officers keep watch at Thursday's track meet.

Sicely Fowler's daughter is a member of the Silsbee High Track & Field team, so after several Silsbee athletes reported being jumped from behind and beaten up by a large group of people at the end of last week's track meet against West Orange-Stark, Fowler was worried about the security at Thursday's all-area meet at the same school.

"I believe that it needs to be improved, to the fullest extent," Fowler said. "It's not a good thing when a parent has to be concerned about their child at a school event."

But this time the school district was ready. Eight police officers (about 4 times the normal amount) from four different agencies were placed strategically around Dan R. Hooks Stadium during Thursday's meet.

"They're making sure everybody's complying with the orders set out by the school and nobody's being disorderly," said Assistant Chief of West Orange Police Jessie Romero.

West Orange-Cove CISD Superintendent James Colbert told 12News that on top of the extra police presence, numerous administrators were on hand to keep an eye on things and the team buses were parked behind the visitor's stands instead of their usual spot in the home side parking lot.

"We really tried to beef it up and go overboard for an abundance of caution to make sure we kept the focus on the performance of the students," Colbert said.
The extra measures satisfied Fowler.

"I'm very pleased with it, I wish that they would continue not just for track events but for all events to keep our children safe."

At the end of the meet, the Silsbee track team boarded the bus safe and sound.

Colbert says the school district is investigating last week's incident and that it will be taking appropriate disciplinary action against the students involved very soon.  

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