BELOIT (WKOW) – Beloit Memorial High School has announced new changes to its safety guidelines at sporting events.
As the first day of classes kicks off this week, anyone attending sporting events this year will no longer be allowed to bring bags or backpacks inside.
Similarly, participants will not be able to leave and re-enter the game and can expect increased supervision.
Beloit Memorial athletic director Jon Dupuis said he proposed the changes to the school board after working with the Beloit Police Department on safety efforts. He said he was aiming for a positive impact.
“I’m hopeful, I’m hopeful, but as my wife tells me, I’m only one man, so we need support,” Dupuis said.
Elena Casique has two teenagers who attend Beloit Memorial and said she was fully on board with the changes.
“Our school district has struggled for the past two years,” Casique said. “I feel like it will put some parents at ease and some kids at ease.”
Last year, 19-year-old Jion Broomfield was shot and killed in the parking lot of Beloit Memorial High School. At the time of the shooting, the school was hosting a Saturday night basketball game.
“I think the traumatic situation of the last year has caused a lot of stress for us, parents and children,” Casique added.
As for the new security changes, Dupuis said they weren’t a direct result of the shooting, but it was a factor.
“I was aware of that, even though I was away for six years, I still followed what was happening in Beloit on a daily basis,” he said. “We’re not going to be able to stop everything from happening, but we’re going to be as prepared as possible.”
Both Casique and Dupuis said they were excited to see the impact the changes will have.
“We just want to create safe and positive environments where people can come to Beloit and experience the great things we do,” Dupuis said.
“I know they’re trying to push it back in the right direction to get it back to where it was, and I just pray these changes make it better,” Casique added.
According to the schools website, “Spectator backpacks/bags are not permitted in the facilities. There is no entry after the start of halftime/intermission, and re-entry is not not permitted once you have exited the sporting event. Spectators must wear their admission strip at all times during the sporting event.”
For more information on sporting events and Beloit Memorial High School rules, you can visit their website at Sports schedules 2022-2023 / Home (sdb.k12.wi.us)