Gun at Game Prompts Withdrawal

May 15, 2017

Granite City (Ill.) High School has decided to withdraw from the Southwestern Conference after an incident involving a student with a gun during a basketball game at East. St. Louis High School. According to ksdk.com, Granite City contacted the other schools that are part of the conference (Afton, Belleville East and West, Collinsville, Edwardsville and O'Fallon) requesting a new conference rule requiring metal detectors at athletic events.

John Moad, Athletic Director at Granite City High School, said that none of the other schools agreed to support the change.

"I respect their decisions, those other schools," Moad said. "We had a different philosophy on that and it is what it is."

Moad said that he did not intend the withdrawal from the conference, which will take effect after the next school year, to be construed as a criticism of East St. Louis. But he felt is was necessary to ensure that there will not be another such incident.

"The incident we were involved in happened at East St. Louis,” Moad said. “It could have happened anywhere.”

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