New Security Measures at Football Games

October 18, 2008 12:09:54 AM PDT
Metal detectors are now being used at Fresno Unified football games as the district takes extra steps to protect students and fans. The district began using metal detecting wands at home games Friday night. "It's a good proactive measure to safeguard the citizens and the students while they're at the game," said Fresno Police Sergeant Jaime Rios. Fresno Police Officers, who were already paid to provide security at games, are using the wands, which Fresno unified said they had in storage. That means the extra safety measures come without any new costs to the district.

Friday night, fans at the Roosevelt vs. McClane game told Action News they didn't mind the new safety measure. "I have no problem, safety first. It's okay by me," said Yvonne Cruz.

Others said the small inconvenience at the gate was a small price to pay. "You never know what kid or adult may come in, and maybe carry a weapon as they enter. I think it will make a lot of people feel more safe," said Ricardo Ledesma.

In addition to the metal detectors, Fresno Unified is no longer admitting fans after the first half of football games in an effort to keep troublemakers out.

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