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Plano ISD Cancels Game Against El Paso High School

August 15, 2019 - 4:47 pm
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PLANO (KRLD) - The football game scheduled for Sept. 6 between Plano Senior High School and Eastwood High School in Plano has been canceled.

In a statement, the Plano ISD announced Thursday that the "difficult" decision had been made to call off the game in the interest of safety.

According to the release from the Plano ISD, district administrators consulted with local law enforcement agencies and felt obligated to prioritize the safety of participating players, students, families and communities.  It went on to say they concluded the timing of the game falls too soon after the tragedy in El Paso.

Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser said, "Our students and coaches were eager for the opportunity to come together with Eastwood High to promote a message of compassion and healing, but what should be a celebratory event would be encumbered by safety concerns for the participants and fans of both teams.  Our top priority must be the safety of all."

The man suspected of killing 22 people in an El Paso Walmart on Aug. 3, Patrick Crusius, is a 2017 graduate of Plano Senior High.  Crusius' ties to Plano were not mentioned in the release.

School officials in El Paso told KRLD they plan to release their own statement in response to the Plano announcement.

In a Twitter post, Eastwood High head football coach Julio Lopez said his team is now scrambling to find a replacement game for Sept. 6.  He said his team will "travel anywhere in Texas" to play that week.