GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - One extra police officer was on hand at tonight's home football game at Garfield Heights. We were told that had been planned anyway because a big crowd was expected for this game.
There were no incidents tonight. School officials wanted to send a message that what happened last week was very unusual.
"We had some issues last week. And we will not let other people define who we are," said Terry Olszewski, superintendent of Garfield Heights city schools.
The superintendent of Garfield Heights city schools addressed the fight that broke out at last week's football game. He had a message for anyone who has seen the video or news reports about the incident.
"This community is a great community. We have wonderful people. Wonderful parents. Wonderful kids. We want to make sure that we're going to show that tonight," said Olszewski
During last week's game between Garfield Heights High and Collinwood, fights broke out on the field and in the stands, leading to arrests and forcing officials to call off the game in the third quarter.
Andrea Boufford is a parent who was at that game.
"I never felt unsafe. I was perfectly fine. I will come to every game. It didn't matter. I do feel it was made out to be a little bit bigger than it was actually. You had to be here to see it," Boufford said.
Fans filed in for the game and security was visible at the stadium. Garfield Heights Police watching out for any potential issues.
However, tonight, the best action was on the field. It was a game full of exciting plays. Students were just excited to be in the stands.
"I think today's going to be a really good game. I don't think anything's really going to go down here. I think it's a safe environment today," said Taylor Bonner, a Middle School Student.
The only reason the players left the field early tonight was lightning. The game was postponed with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter with a score of 36-21, trailing to Berea-Midpark. They will pick back up again Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
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