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Columbia, Bob Jones basketball game cancelled due to threats

The boys basketball game between Bob Jones High School and Columbia High School scheduled for Thursday night has been cancelled due to threats.

Posted: Jan 31, 2019 2:55 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2019 11:03 PM

UPDATE: According to the Madison City Superintendent Robby Parker, the juvenile victim that was shot on Buttercup Lane Sunday was a Bob Jones student but not a basketball player.

Parker said Madison Police called Bob Jones High School's principal and told her about social media posts involving students from both Bob Jones and Columbia high schools and students who are not high school aged and are possibly graduates.

"We understood that it was going to be more than one against more than one. If that was the case, that's where I step in and say we're not going to do it," said Parker.

The posts threatened a fight after or during game. Parker made the call to cancel the game, and it will not be made up.

"I’m not upset it’s our last game of the season and our last time playing together. I just felt like it was going to be a sentimental moment," said Miles Humes, a Bob Jones basketball player.

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The boys basketball game between Bob Jones High School and Columbia High School scheduled for Thursday night has been cancelled due to threats.

In a post on the Columbia H.S. Boys Basketball Facebook page, Principal Clifford Porter said the game is cancelled “Due to threats that have been received of impending violence after the game. In light of recent violence in Madison, the administration of Bob Jones High School had decided not to participate in tonight's contest. My apologies to the Columbia Family for this inconvenience. Tonight's Senior Night Activities have been rescheduled for tomorrow night for the game against Lee High School.”

“Tonight’s basketball games at Columbia High School have been cancelled,” is all the information provided by BobJonesAthletics.com.

Capt. John Stringer of the Madison County Police Department said the department is aware of the social media posts about a fight between Columbia and Bob Jones high school students.

He said the department fully supports the decision to cancel.

Stringer said he can’t say for sure if there’s any link between a Sunday shooting, which involved a juvenile Madison City school system student, and today’s cancellation.

Check WAAY 31 on air and online for updates to this developing story.

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