North Stanly High School football game cancelled

ALBEMARLE — The high school football game between Jesse Carson (China Grove, N.C.) and North Stanly High School scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday has been cancelled. Earlier Friday the school system announced that North Stanly High School was operating under heightened security measures after a threat of gun violence was made. Initially the school system and law enforcement said the game would go on. However, around 4 p.m. Friday, the school system announced that it had received additional information that could compromise school safety and was was cancelling the game. The announcement said that the the cancellation was made with the “support of Rowan-Salisbury Schools” which is the school system for Jesse Carson High School.

In a statement released online, Stanly County Schools said they received the additional information “at approximately 3:00 p.m.” and decided to cancel the game. The statement concluded with: “We understand this may cause an inconvenience for many, and we apologize. Please know our number one concern is the safety of our students, athletes, staff, and community supporters.”

North Stanly High School has been in the national spotlight after its cheerleading squad was put on probation for holding up a Donald Trump campaign sign at a football game.