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Games played in empty gym

SoVaNow.com / February 07, 2018
Tuesday night’s basketball games in South Hill between Park View and Greensville High School were played in an empty gym due to threats that surfaced prior to the game.

The unspecified threats did not occur on social media, said PVHS Principal Wesley Swain. Initially, the school arranged to have extra law enforcement present for the basketball game, and it planned to prohibit any bags, purses, bookbags or backpacks from being carried inside the PVHS gym. Everyone was to subjected to metal detector screening before entering.

However, Greensville County school officials refused to bring the teams to play unless the gymnasium was empty, according to Park View administrators. By going forward with the contest, Park View forfeited ticket and concession revenue. Had they not shown up, the Greensville girls and boys basketball teams would have forfeited the games.

The following message to members of the Park View school community was posted on the school division’s Facebook page Tuesday:

Dear Parent/Guardian:

This letter serves as a follow-up and change to the information you received on February 5, 2018, regarding the Park View Basketball vs. Greensville High Basketball games scheduled for tonight, February 6, 2018. Due to rumors of a threat at tonight’s games, we want to ensure that all students are able to compete in a safe manner. Therefore, the Girls’ Varsity and Boys’ Varsity basketball games tonight will be closed to all public, including parents. The Boys’ JV basketball game will not be played. Players, coaches, officials, administrative staff, and security will be the only ones allowed in the gym.

As principal of Park View High School, I am responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for students and staff. I apologize for any inconvenience this may pose and for the short notice; however, this is the best decision to ensure the safety of our students.

Sincerely,

Wesley L. Swain

Principal



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The question should be asked...did Greenville Co. manage to snooker Park View by taking home court advantage out of the equation?


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