Metal detectors to be used at Pickens vs. Walhalla football game on Friday

High School Football

OCONEE Co., SC (WSPA) – The Oconee Co. Sheriff’s Office and the school board have decided to use metal detectors at the Friday Oct. 5 football game between Pickens and Walhalla.

They say there have been no active threats or increased cause for concern,

The handheld metal detectors are just an additional layer of security.

They are encouraging fans to arrive early and look out for the possibility of some delays entering the gates.

CWP holder are reminded that weapons are not allowed on school property.

You can read the sheriff offices’s full news release below:

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the School District of Oconee County has made a decision to use metal detectors at this Friday night’s football game between Pickens and Walhalla. 

“Much as we did before the Daniel at Seneca game in late August when we used the metal detectors or wands, the Sheriff’s Office and the School District continues to be proactive in providing an additional measure of security which has been implemented at sporting venues, stadiums, arena’s and public events across the state and our country,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.  “I want to emphasize that there has not been any active threats or any cause for increased concern for those who are attending Friday night’s game at Walhalla.”

Approximately 3,000 attendees were scanned using the hand held metal detectors as they entered Tom Bass Field on August 31st in just over 1 and half hours.  The additional security did not produce any lines for fans waiting to go through the gates to their seats.  10 additional Sheriff’s Office employees operated the metal detectors before that game.  

“We mentioned after the Daniel at Seneca game that the Sheriff’s Office would possibly use these metal detectors at other events in the county and that we would be announcing beforehand if and when a decision was made to use them and that is the purpose of this release,” says Sheriff Crenshaw.  “The Sheriff’s Office is simply adding an additional layer of security beyond what we already implement at our football games in the county.”

Sheriff Crenshaw would also like to remind fans who attend all sporting events of the following:

•    For those attending the Walhalla game Friday night or any event where metal detectors are being used, the use of the metal detectors does have the potential to slow the process of entering stadium or venue. Gates will open at 6:00 Friday night and fans are encouraged to arrive early.

•    At any of the high school football stadiums in the county, pocketbooks and diaper bags will be allowed but will be subject to inspection. Bookbags and other large bags will not be allowed and should be left in vehicles. 

•    CWP holders are reminded that weapons must remain locked in a vehicle while on school property regardless of whether metal detectors are being used or not at a particular stadium or venue. South Carolina law does not allow CWP holders to carry weapons on their person while on school grounds.

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