Plano ISD Makes Difficult Decision Regarding Sept. 6 Football Game between Plano Senior High and Eastwood High
As the greater El Paso community continues to cope with the loss and devastation experienced on Aug. 3, Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser opened a dialogue with Ysleta ISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre regarding the second annual out-of-district matchup between Plano Senior High and Eastwood High, scheduled for Sept. 6. After consulting with local law enforcement agencies, Plano ISD administrators felt obligated to prioritize the safety of the participating players, students, families and communities, and have concluded that the timing of the game falls too soon after the tragedy in El Paso.
“We grieve with our neighbors in El Paso and are heartbroken that what is happening in society today is affecting our kids and our communities,” said Superintendent Bonser. “Our students and coaches were eager for this opportunity to come together with Eastwood High to promote a message of compassion and healing, but what should be a celebratory event would be encumbered by safety concerns for the participants and fans of both teams. Our top priority must be the safety of all.”
“We are coaches and we want to play, but we all know that nothing is more important than the safety of our students,” said Plano Senior High School Athletic Director Jaydon McCullough.
Plano Senior High School Principal Sarah Watkins stated, “Last year we had such a great experience hosting Eastwood High, and we were looking forward to continuing this new tradition.” The booster clubs of the respective teams had begun working together on efforts to promote unity and healing, and to show support for the El Paso community. Plano Senior High will continue efforts to raise support.
“Our entire school community felt strongly about showing love and support for the people of El Paso, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue that outreach,” said Ms. Watkins.
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