BEAUMONT, Texas — Beaumont ISD plans to get stricter with security at sporting events after things got a little rough after the Beaumont United vs. West Brook football game Saturday.
Beaumont ISD Athletic Director Ron Jackson said they'll be strengthening safety procedures so things don't get "out of hand."
"A few incidents happened in the parking lot after the game. It involved a few students in a few areas," Jackson said.
He declined to say who was involved or how many students were part of the fights. Jackson did not comment on how badly anyone was hurt.
But he vowed - its being handled.
"I can assure you BISD Police is taking all steps, along with administrative staff and BISD, in making sure those individuals are held accountable," Jackson said.
Saturday's incidents paved the way for changes. All students will provide ID at the gate - and parents or guardians will stay with children who are not in high school at all times. (siblings do not suffice as guardians)
Beaumont ISD administrator Randall Maxwell hopes it will ensure safety - and encourage fans to continue showing up.
"We want to make sure our parents and our patrons help us by attending the games also with their younger students," Maxwell said.
Existing policies will also be given new priority. No loitering will take place in concession and staff will monitor areas around the stadium.
"We are just making sure that everyone that is in place knows exactly what's going on with everyone else so that we can maximize the event and make sure it is a safe event," Maxwell said.
Students will also be escorted out if they do not listen to directions from assistant principals or security.
"For the most part, people do what's expected at UIL contests and athletic events. So, I'm very proud of our parents and the students that attend the games here at Memorial Stadium, all athletic contests and BISD," Jackson said.
Beaumont ISD's website gives a complete list of rules for students and attendees to follow for sporting events at Memorial Stadium and high school gyms:
Beaumont ISD is committed to providing a safe and orderly event to all of our stakeholders. In addition to pre-existing stadium guidelines, the following routines will be put in place effective immediately beginning the week of October 9, 2019 for all high school games at all levels.
- All middle and high school students and their student guests will be required to bring an ID to the game if entering through general admission gates. Without an ID, a student will not be permitted entrance.
- All middle and elementary students cannot be dropped off and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A sibling who is in high school will not suffice. Unaccompanied middle and elementary students will not be allowed into sporting events.
- No students will be allowed to loiter under the stands or near concession areas at any event.
- Assistant principals will be assigned throughout the facility during events. Students who do not follow the directives of the assistant principals will be escorted out of the game, after an attempt is made by staff to contact a parent/guardian.