Gun Rumor

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gun rumor circulates at Clarksdale game

By Myra Bean
and Angie Ledbetter

A rumor circulated throughout the Clarksdale/South Panola game someone had a gun in the stands.

“That was not true,” said Panola County Chief Deputy Otis Griffin.

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Griffin had gotten a report from state trooper Jason Ales that said “there would be a shooting after the game.”

“We take those kinds of reports seriously,” Griffin said.

No gun was seen or found, but a caution was issued to the law enforcement and game sponsors and coaches.

A fan reported a text went around and she said with four minutes left to go in the game, the visitor side was just about empty.

Griffin did report that some Clarksdale fans came over to the visitor side but they just sat in the stands.

Clarksdale police Chief Greg Hoskins said the call from The Panolian was the first he had heard of any rumors of any guns.

“No ruckus was reported,” Hoskins said. “I stayed until the last second ticked off the clock. No one was arrested for having a gun.”

After the game, instead of the team being able to celebrate the victory, they were rushed from the field and escorted by numerous police from the field all the way to Highway 6.
This mass exodus included media personnel, the band and cheerleaders.