Posted: 12:55 pm Friday, October 25th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
Glades Central’s home game against Miami Northwestern has been canceled due to “unrest in the community.” The Raiders were scheduled to play the nondistrict contest Friday.
“Due to unrest in the community, school police, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the area’s superintendent have canceled tonight’s game against Northwestern,” Glades Central co-athletic director Dennis Knabb said.
Through its Twitter account, Northwestern’s football team tweeted, “Tonight’s game vs Glades Central in Belle Glade has been canceled. Glades Central will forfeit the game due to Gang Violence in the area.”
The decision to cancel the game stems from a shooting near Glades Central that forced the school to go on lockdown during an activity Thursday night, a source told the Post.
According to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera, there was a shooting at around 7 p.m. on Thursday in the 2000 block of S. Main Street, which is less than a mile from the high school.
The incident involved “a group of individuals” who have an “ongoing feud.” One person was shot and three to four people were arrested. According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the person shot was a 17-year-old male.
Barbera added that the decision to forfeit the game was made by the school district, not PBSO.
According to Knabb, the plan is for Glades Central to receive a forfeit loss as a result of the cancellation, but details are still being finalized. Officials have attempted to reschedule the game for Saturday or Monday, but they have not found a date that works for both schools as of Friday afternoon. The Raiders entered the week with a 3-4 record.
Although Pahokee and Glades Day are not far away, Knabb said those game would not be affected. Pahokee hosts Seminole Ridge at 7:30 and Glades Day hosts Clewiston at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Palm Beach Post staff writer Alexandra Seltzer contributed to this report.
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.