RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — John Marshall High School has canceled their homecoming dance and rescheduled the football game for safety reasons.
Richmond Public Schools said they made the decision in coordination with Richmond Police due to “recent events in the community.”
Initially, the school canceled the game against Thomas Jefferson High School, before later rescheduling for Friday at 4 p.m.
John Marshall coach Phillip Sims said when he first heard about the cancellation of Senior Night that would have eliminated his team from playoff contention, he had to do something.
“I couldn’t let it happen,” Sims told 8News sports anchor Mitch Carr.
The game was rescheduled after Sims and others in the community reached out to the school’s administration.
School officials acknowledged that the cancellation was caused by the actions of a few individuals, and apologized to other “deserving athletes and students.”
However, they concluded that they felt the decision was necessary to ensure everyone’s safety.
This comes one day after a Richmond city school bus was shot and an RPS student was shot in an unrelated incident.