Extra security at Eufaula vs. Northview game after threat

Threat of violence at Eufaula football game

EUFAULA, AL (WSFA) - Expect extra security at Friday night's football game as Eufaula takes on Northview High School at Tiger Stadium after school systems in Eufaula and Dothan say a violent threat was made against the upcoming football game.

Law enforcement is still investigating whether the threat is credible, but they're not taking any chances.

"Eufaula City Schools has been investigating this matter along with the Eufaula Police Department," said Scott Faulk, Safety, Security, and Attendance Director for Dothan City Schools.

Parents were first alerted to the threat Thursday night. Both school systems released statements on their social media page. The Alabama High School Athletic Association has also been contacted.

Friday morning, Eufaula school leaders and local police met at the school to discuss logistics and safety precautions.

"We'll have staff, additional police, mainly from the Eufaula Police Department, but there are a few coming from Dothan Police," said Mitzi Clayton with Eufaula City Schools.

Faulk also confirmed members of Dothan Police will ride along with students to the game. Fans who attend can also expect metal detector wands and their bags to be searched upon entering the stadium.

Even with the extra measures in place, some fans say they don't plan to attend.

"Was coming to the game until I heard about the threat and I changed my plans. It's too risky," said Michael Gary, a recent Eufaula High School graduate. "You want to protect yourself and friends and try to stay away from places where there could be possible security issues."

School leaders say they do feel confident in moving ahead with the game as they continue to look into the possible threat. And real or not they take each one seriously

"I think you have to take every threat serious whether it's credible or not," Faulk stated. "I think you have to go into your safety procedures to ensure students are safe and ensure the public is safe at a school-sponsored activity."

Eufaula school leaders say the extra security measures may be the new normal.

"We're always changing things to be more safe for students, parents, and staff," Clayton said.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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