RICHMOND (KRON) — In the East Bay, two rival high school football teams are playing on Friday night despite concerns from some parents that the game might not be safe.
The El Cerrito High School and Kennedy High School varsity squads are playing Friday night in Richmond.
Earlier in the week, a group of parents had asked that the game be moved to another location for safety reasons, but school officials decided to keep it in Richmond.
On Friday evening, the El Cerrito varsity football team arrived at Kennedy High School in Richmond with a police escort.
As the players took the field, Richmond police officers and private security guards kept watch for any problems.
Earlier in the week, a group of El Cerrito parents had petitioned the school district to move the game to another location. They were worried that recent violence in Richmond, including a shooting near the Kennedy football field a few weeks ago, could flare up during the rivalry game between Kennedy High and El Cerrito high.
The school district did acknowledge the parent’s concerns but ultimately decided to keep the game at Kennedy High.
They did bring in extra security which was welcome news to Temia Archie, who had organized the petition to have the game moved.