STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) — The football game between Statesboro and Herschel V. Jenkins High School at Memorial Stadium in Savannah was canceled after the school was notified of a threat on Snapchat.
An eerie site at Memorial Stadium on a Friday night — the stands were completely empty.
With the threat of violence looming, the game was over before it started.
Early Friday afternoon WSAV News 3 learned memorial stadiums match-up between Statesboro and Jenkins High was canceled due to alleged threats towards the Statesboro High School football team.
For the safety of staff, parents, students, and fans, the school and the county decided the game would not take place. This meant the Friday night lights would remain dark.
“You’ve got to be kidding me.”
Despite the game’s cancellation, the Jenkins High alumni class of 1980 celebrated their reunion right across the street from Memorial Stadium.
“Had planned a tailgate party and reunion. We were all going to gather here and then go into the football game,” said Donna Shepard, Jenkins High School Class of 1980.
Without the promise of a game, those class reunion numbers dwindled down only to a few. They’ve been trying to host this reunion since the pandemic began.
“Yeah it was a little upsetting, I mean it’s our alma mater. We’re pretty upset about it.”
This marks the second time this season that a Jenkins High School football game was affected by the threat of violence.
“It hurts my heart. I’ll tell you that as a die-hard Warriors fan. I don’t know what’s going on. I mean we live in a different world and unfortunately, you can hide behind a phone…you can hide behind a computer screen.”
No screenshots of the alleged threat were available to confirm the threat but the schools are taking the incident seriously. Students and parents have already been notified.