Banners or signs not associated with schools not allowed at SCS athletic events
Stanly County Schools posted a statement on its website Thursday, informing people that signs and flags are not permitted at athletic events. The only exceptions are those that display either the school’s logo or mascot and which are no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches.
The statement said that “In order to ensure all spectators can view and enjoy athletic events at Stanly County Schools and to keep the focus of these events on our students, signs or banners will not be allowed in the stadium except those with a school mascot or logo.”
This is likely in response to a Trump banner that was unfurled by the North Stanly High School cheerleaders before an Aug. 30 football game. A picture was taken of the banner which was posted on social media and attracted the attention of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. The NCHSAA decided to put the cheerleaders on probation for the remainder of the football season.
The NCHSAA described the probation as merely a warning because the school system did not punish the squad and they can still perform during football games.
“In general, spectators have the right to wear any clothing they wish so long as any message on the clothing is not vulgar or lewd and does not otherwise threaten or create a significant disruption,” the statement continued. “Signs and banners, however, have the potential to obstruct the view of spectators and disrupt the event. For this reason, these items are not allowed in the stadium.”
“Friday night football should be a celebration of our students – our players, cheerleaders, band members and spectators. Please help keep the focus on our students by following all policies and rules at the event.”
In addition to extra law enforcement officers, bag checks and metal detection will also occur at the gate before entry at both South Stanly and North Stanly home football games tomorrow.
Other items not allowed include firearms and weapons, tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, large backpacks and outside food or beverages.