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By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 9, 2022) – The football game between TF South and TF North, which took place at TF South on Friday night, was cancelled at halftime due to a “threat of violence.”

According to the Lansing Police Department, a TF North administrator was made aware of a student who threatened violence at the highly-attended football game at Padjen Field in Lansing. Once aware of the potential threat, District 215 started evacuation procedures.

An event staffer oversees evacuating spectators soon after an announcement was made during the TF South vs. TF North football game that told them to make for the exits due to an “unforeseen circumstance.”

After the halftime acts had performed and players were starting to warm up to start the second half, the Red Wolves’ PA announcer told everyone in the stands and on the field to immediately evacuate “due to an unforeseen circumstance.”

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A police officer present at the scene personified the potential threat as a student who said he or she could “shoot up the place.”

It is not clear if a TF North administrator communicated directly with a student threatening violence or if the administrator spoke with a student who overheard another student threatening violence.

The District 215 Facebook page said in a post Friday night, “Due to a threat of violence received by the Lansing Police Department during tonight’s varsity football game between TF North and TF South, and out of an abundance of caution District 215 administration determined the best course of action was to end the game during half time. The matter remains under investigation by the Lansing Police Department.”

An air of confusion was present as members of both the TFS and TFN communities gathered their families and made for the exits at Padjen Field Friday night. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Though an air of confusion was present after the evacuation announcement, the movement of hundreds of spectators toward the exits was orderly and calm, as D215 administrators and local police officers helped direct them.

A police officer helps usher people to the parking lot during an evacuation at TF South’s Padjen Field Friday night. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Before the evacuation – Red Wolves vs. Meteors

Before Friday night lights turned into police lights, the TF South and TF North communities enjoyed their cross-district rivalry on a beautiful night for football. Friday night’s game was the first home game of the season for the Red Wolves, who have lost their first two games of the year to Shepard and Lane Tech.

After a quick first quarter touchdown and missed extra point from TF South, the score remained 6-0 through halftime. It is not yet clear when or if the cross-district rivals will make up their cancelled game.

The halftime show featured a cheerleading squad that including elementary-aged cheerleaders, a dance routine, and a marching band and flag team routine.

Scenes from the game

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A pack of Red Wolves looks to the sideline during the first half of Friday night’s game vs. the TF North Meteors. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Senior running back Tommy Rolling prepares to make a move on the defender. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Junior Jaylen Taylor (left) celebrates with senior Cortez Jones after a big defensive play. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Dion Hayes throws a quick pass to sophomore Christian Streeter for a short gain. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Cheerleading is hard work — but there’s usually time for a quick photo. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
The Red Wolves offense gathers itself around coach Doug Smith to talk strategy as hundreds of fans look on. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Junior Andy Ochiabutor makes a big tackle for a loss on Friday. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Senior Trayvone Roberts intercepts a pass thrown by TF North. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Quarterback Dion Hayes stiff-arms his defender. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Junior Dion Dayes launches pass deep during Friday’s game vs. TF North. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Halftime

Cheerleaders of all ages pumped up the crowd with a series of new Red Wolves-oriented cheers. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
This young gymnast took things to a higher level Friday night. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
The dance team’s routine was full of energy during halftime Friday night. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
This flutist waits for the conductor to begin the marching band’s halftime routine. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
These flag-bearers twirled in time to the music. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

TF South is located at 18500 Burnham Avenue in Lansing.

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