More security, officers at Price Middle School basketball game

12:00 AM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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Atlanta Police and SWAT waiting at the Price Middle School during crime school investigation.

ATLANTA - Parents and students arriving at Price Middle School Monday night may have noticed some changes.

"Last time I was here for a game, about two or three weeks ago, this metal detector wasn't here," said parent Dandre Anderson.

Monday night, the district went ahead with a planned basketball playoff game at Price, but with added security. The game came just four days after one student was arrested for shooting a fellow student on campus.

11Alive's Blayne Alexander counted at least five uniformed Atlanta Police officers inside the gymnasium. Attendees also had to pass through a metal detector and were subject to bag search before entering.

"When I heard the tournament was at Price, I was a little apprehensive," said Sutton Middle School parent Pamela Ferguson. "But when I heard they had security, I was like 'oh, thank God.'"

Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Stephen Alford said it is district policy for anyone attending a game to pass through a metal detector before entering the gym. He said the district will make sure that policy is strictly enforced at every game.

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