DES MOINES, Iowa -- Friday night’s game between the East High Scarlets and the Ames Little Cyclones has been cancelled.
Ames officials tell us the game is cancelled because of "security threats" at East High School.
Thursday East High School's principal did send a letter out to parents and students that there was a threat of gun violence at the school day. However they said there is no credible information supporting the threat.
Police increased their presence at the school Friday.
Ames High School approached the Iowa High School Athletic Association about the situation and the IHSAA gave East the choice of moving Friday night’s game to Ames, playing it on Saturday during the day, or forfeiting.
The Des Moines School District released the following statement about the situation:
“IHSAA’s stance is disappointing and sets an insupportable precedent,” said Tom Ahart, superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools. “The reasons Ames and the IHSAA are basing their decision on are baseless. This is an insult to our students, our school and the entire Des Moines community.”
“We have complete confidence that there are no more and no less safety concerns for tonight’s game than there would be for any other football game anywhere else in Iowa,” added interim Chief Schools Officer Matt Smith. “Based on our close work with the Des Moines Police Department in response to these rumors, the reasons cited by Ames and agreed to by IHSAA have no merit.”
“Forcing East to play a game on the road with a few hours notice or on a Saturday with less than a day’s notice lacks all respect for our students,” said Tim Schott, executive director of secondary schools at DMPS. “Many of our students work on the weekends, in jobs that they need to help support their families, and Ames and the IHSAA are jeopardizing the well-being of those students by making such a rash and groundless decision.”