Security concerns at Tulsa School for Science and Technology football games

Monday, October 25th 2004, 10:04 am
By: News On 6

Students at the Tulsa School for Science and Technology say they've lost their home and they want it back.

Monday, parents, educators, and kids met to talk about the security concerns that led the Tulsa School Superintendent Dr David Sawyer to basically "ban" varsity football games from TSST.

News on 6 reporter Steve Berg says most of this stems from the October 1st game at TSST with East Central. Stories vary, but apparently, a large group of former students and other outside people gathered in the parking lot and got into some kind of confrontation with security guards.

School officials say the "current" students and fans were not to blame. Unfortunately, as they pointed out Monday, they are the one who are suffering the consequences. Their home games are now being played at Webster. And as you can imagine, that takes a toll on morale and school spirit. School officials say they'll lift the ban if better security measures can be implemented. But homecoming is "this" Friday. And students worry there won't be enough time.

TSST Senior Almetra Bailey: "We're seniors this year; we should have a homecoming, at our home."

TSST Athletic Director Luther Pegues: "This will be their last how they say, hoo-rah-rah for their home school. So homecoming is something these students will remember for the rest of their life."

Some of the ideas include posting security at the main gate by the street instead of back by the stadium, so they have better control over who gets in. They're also talking with Tulsa Police to see if they can get more officers there as the game lets out, which we're told is when the trouble started.