Wis. athletic association refuses to move game after bomb threats

March 11, 2016 / Athletic AdministrationBasketball
West Allis Central High School (Wisconsin) closed for three consecutive days this week due to multiple bomb threats, but that wasn’t enough to relocate a sectional basketball game.

WIAASchool was called off Thursday after administrators received yet another threat. Classes were cancelled, and that night Milwaukee Lutheran was set to play Brookfield Academy in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s boys basketball tournament. According to reports, several parents voiced their concerns over safety, prompting school officials to contact the WIAA and ask to relocate the game.

Their request was denied.

From WTMJ-TV Milwaukee:

“We just think it’s odd that you would go no academics, but then you want to play a sporting event,” explained Steve Gerner, a Milwaukee Lutheran parent.

“The only thing I’m worried about is somebody calling in a bomb threat during the game to have off school tomorrow,” said Jill Krohn, a Brookfield Academy parent.

Even though parents were told their kids safety isn’t in danger, they think a venue change would make everyone feel more at ease.

“I feel that we will be safe.  I’m sure they took precautions.  Could it be different?  It should be, but we’ll all be good,” said Mary Jo Lemon, Brookfield Academy.

According to the report, the WIAA told administrators it was too difficult to relocate the game on such short notice. The organization did say there would be extra security at the game.

Milwaukee Lutheran won the game 87-76, and classes resumed on Friday. Click here for more on this story.

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