By Rachel Lau
William Penn will be playing against Red Lion on Saturday, Sept. 24, as a result of a recent shooting at one of the York school’s Friday night games.
Every future William Penn football game has moved to Saturday afternoons, according to Ron Coursey, the athletic director at the school.
“The decision was made after we had a conversation with the chief of police, board members, and the superintendent,” Coursey said. “The superintendent made the final decision.”
The school will also increase their security on staff and crowd control at every football game to take extra precaution for the duration of the season. Red Lion already has 13 staffed security personnel and four regional officers.
When asked why he would decline offers of William Penn games being played at all away games, Coursey said, “I don’t want to rob my kids the experience of playing at home.”
“The shooting could have happened anywhere,” Assistant Athletic Director Kyle Masser said. “It’s the sign of times.”
Due to the recent events and William Penn’s extra bump on security, Masser said a police officer will be on every Red Lion bus going into York.
When the game is over and Red Lion students leave in the buses, they will exit the area by going on Route 30 instead of driving through the city, he added.
The shooting occurred Friday, Sept. 9. Shortly after 9:30 p.m. that night, the York City police department responded to shots fired at William Penn. When police arrived, they found victims Darius Allen and Antwan Jackson, a former Red Lion student.
According to police, the victims and a suspect were escorted out of the stadium due to a verbal dispute. The argument continued outside Smalls Field, and shots were fired. Allen was battered with a bullet to the abdomen and Jackson was struck in his back.
Stephon Damieen Brown, 15, is the main suspect in the shooting. If and when Brown is found, he will be charged with aggravated assault and as an adult, police said.
Both victims have been discharged from the hospital. Brown is considered to be armed and dangerous and police are telling residents and those in the surrounding York area to be on the lookout for the teen.