NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Additional deputies and a metal detector greeted fans ready to watch some play-off basketball in Wilmington Wednesday night.
The extra security measures at New Hanover High School came just two nights after officers charged a suspected gang member for having heroin and a loaded handgun on campus.
Most fans either didn't seem to mind and appreciated the additional law enforcement presence.
"Children these days have weapons in all forms, and you never know what they have in their pocket," said Ann Mial. "At least the parents know your child is coming home safe."
Joining Mial at halftime, Wanda Pittman said she felt safer at the game because of the metal detector, though she can't believe it's necessary.
"You feel like you're walking into a prison," she said. "It's a shame for society to have to go through this just to come to a basketball game and enjoy ourselves."
Athletic Director Keith Moore said he believes the metal detector will be used at all home games for the rest of the season, then it will be reevaluated at the end of the season.
Moore released the following statement in regards to the security changes:
In light of the recent incident at Brogden Hall Monday night, NHHS will be using Metal detectors for entrance into games. We want to make sure that the safety of everyone involved is addressed and that everyone knows to expect this at the main entrance. Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens everywhere. That is why College and Pro venues as well as Airports and other places utilize detectors and screening of bags.
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