On Aug. 25, 2022, an email was sent out to the Cedar Shoals High School community stating that clear bags are to be enforced at all CCSD sporting events.
The new policy allows bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12”x6”x12”. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags, and Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap that do not exceed 4.5”x6.5” are also permitted in CSHS sporting events.
“I definitely agree with enforcing the policy, it’s something we’ve been talking about doing for a while as far as a safety measure,” Associate Principal Melissa Pérez Rhym said. “Last year because of COVID and the reduced number of people in the stands, the policy wasn’t a big concern like it is now.”
The policy went into effect last Friday before the Cedar Shoals vs. Monroe football game.
“I wasn’t bothered by the fact that we started implementing the clear bag policy. I definitely feel like it’s a great way for us to feel safer at sporting events,” senior Samantha Mifflin said.
As far as rumors go, Principal Antonio Derricotte quickly shot them down.
“There was no specific incident that happened to influence this decision. I know there have been a few altercations at recent football games, but me and my colleagues have not been made aware of any weapons being found on the premises,” Derricotte said.
The policy was discussed about being put in place before the 2022-23 school year started, however, administrators believed that now was the right time to execute the policy.
“Although it’s been talked about before, we feel like now we’re at a point where we have enough manpower to really implement this in a correct way,” Derricotte said.
With the field house being on the rise and under construction, the entrances into the football stadium are limited. This gives people who are checking bags a better opportunity to inspect what everyone is bringing into the stadium.
“I have a lot of experience going into football games like UGA’s or the Falcons, and they’ve had the policy put in for a few years now, so it really didn’t bother my wife and I to have to bring one in (at Cedar),” James Page, social studies department, said.
As for the future, Derricotte sees this policy being a step to further ensure safety at Cedar Shoals.
“This past Friday, everybody seemed to be in compliance with the policy,” Derricotte said.
“So far it has been a success and I feel like this is a great step forward for our Cedar family.”