GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office will have extra deputies at the Southeast Guilford High School game Friday night.
They won’t say how many extra officers will be on hand but say it’s in response to bad blood between Southeast Guilford High and Dudley High School, not their opponent.
“There's been a tweet out there and there's been a couple of little things back and forth but nothing that's been a direct threat of ‘We're going to come do this to the school or something like that,’” said Capt. Doug Burroughs, with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.
Parents and students were alarmed by the tweet and other talk they’ve heard about violence. Some Dudley High School supporters and students were reportedly making plans to show up at the game because Southeast Guilford reportedly turned in Dudley on a rules infraction, eliminating them from the playoffs.
“They're talking about like maybe Dudley people showing up and it being a riot type thing but really you don't know what to expect,” said Breanna Welch, a senior at Southeast Guilford High.
“You don't want things to get blown out of proportion,” said Burroughs. “The schools are doing a great job of having communication with the students and parents about good sportsmanship. About how this isn't the kids’ fault this was a mistake mainly on the adult level and really just go forth from here.”
Southeast Guilford students say they will be out in force to support the team and hope there isn’t any drama in the stands.
“Honestly, I think it’s crazy because I don't think it should have gotten this big in the first place,” said Welch.
Guilford County Schools did not make the principals of either school available for comment but did release the following statement:
During this playoff season, all Guilford County School students are reminded to behave in a sportsman-like manner. There will be extra security at tonight’s Southeast High playoff game as a precaution. At this point there have been no substantiated threats against any GCS school.