Sertoma Club discusses changes to security and date of Sertoma Classic
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Thursday night, the Charleston Sertoma Club will discuss possible changes to security at the Sertoma Classic and also changing the date.
After police say a 15-year-old brought a loaded gun into Johnson-Hagood Stadium during the Classic this year, the event's chairman says he's looking at options for more security.
"Anything is on the table right now," Danny Gilbert said. "Citadel has a security team. We don't know if we're going to check bags or have a metal detector but if that's where we go, that's what we'll have to do."
The Sertoma Classic spent $13,000 to have 60 police officers at the event. Gilbert said they handled the situation well and doesn't think the Classic needs to add anymore.
"If it was a redo, I don't know if they could do anything any quicker," Gilbert said. "They kept everybody safe. They moved everyone out of the stadium that was in immediate harm's way instead of panicking the crowd."
Tim McDowell is Cane Bay's Athletics Director. He says families should still feel safe at the Classic.
"I think it's a one-time thing," McDowell said. "I've been going to the Sertoma now for the last 25 years. I feel very safe there, take my family there."
This year, some teams missed the Sertoma Classic because of scheduling conflicts. Gilbert says the club will discuss possibly moving the event up a week or playing on a Tuesday or Wednesday. McDowell said he would be in favor of playing it a week earlier but not playing on a weekday.
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