Allendale County tightens rules on kids at football games

ALLENDALE, SC (WRDW/WAGT) — Like some other local counties, Allendale County schools are adjusting policies for sporting events with student safety in mind.

The new rules for Allendale-Fairfax High School “are in place to provide an environment conducive to safety and a positive fan experience,” wrote Superintendent Dr. Margaret Gilmore on Wednesday.

“Given the increase in undesirable behaviors and the excessive number of young children remaining on campus after the Games are complete, these procedures will help address these concerns,” she continued.

Students in eighth grade or below are now not allowed to participate in a sporting event without a parent or legal guardian over the age of 21.

In addition, all fans must be seated in the stands. No one is allowed to walk or stand around during the game other than going to the restroom and/or the concession stand, Gilmore wrote.

Parents and legal guardians must also remain with their child at all times.

The rules are similar to those recently adopted in McDuffie County, Georgia.

Aiken County also recently adjusted its ruleswhich stipulates that items may only be brought to games in clear bags of specific dimensions.

However, Richmond County has not passed any new rules A 17-year-old was recently found with a gun at a football game between Laney and Hephzibah high schools.

The rule changes come in the wake of the Texas school massacre and frequent school closures due to threats of violence, often fueled by challenges on social media.