Sertoma Classic may use metal detectors after gun is brought to event

Sertoma Classic may use metal detectors after gun is brought into event

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The director of the annual Sertoma football classic said Monday the board may consider using metal detectors next year after a gun was sneaked into Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Charleston Police arrested a 15-year-old boy after the loaded gun was thrown down on the field Friday night.

After Friday night's games, shots were fired near some fast food restaurants on Spring Street.

Two guns were found in the parking lot and a 16 year old boy was arrested after two guns were found in his car.

Sertoma Classic Director Danny Gilbert said the idea of metal detectors for next year's classic may be discussed at a board meeting next week.

"I think metal detectors might be a good idea if that would solve the problem," Gilbert said. "Considering the situation and the way people can hide guns, maybe metal detectors is a good plan."

Gilbert also said the board will may also consider searching bags when people go into the stadium for next year's event.

"We will never put people in jeopardy. We will never put people in an unsafe environment. Never, never," Gilbert said.

Gilbert says Sertoma spent $13,000 to hire more off-duty officers to work the event.

He says more than 30 officers were stationed inside the stadium.

Gilbert says a mobile command center was setup outside.

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