Ken-Ton School District: High school football games postponed due to concern for potential violence

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– In a effort to keep students safe, Ken-Ton School District officials postponed two high school football games between Kenmore West and McKinley High this week after reports of concerning messages were posted online.

“I think in this day and age, we can’t take any chances,” said parent Tammy Koernar. ” We have to protect our children, if they have to cancel a game, they have to cancel a game.”

The Kenmore West varsity football game scheduled for Friday night against McKinley High School in Buffalo has been postponed due to concerning messages posted online regarding the potential for violence, according to the Ken-Ton School District’s Facebook.

It’s unclear as to exactly what those messages said and who posted them, but one parent said they don’t need to give those details.

“I have a student that goes to Ken West, he’s a senior,” said Kenna McNamera. “The threats really haven’t been discussed, but I do believe, I have a lot of faith in the Ken Tom school district. If they cancelled it for the students safety then they made the best decision.”

News 4 reached out to the Buffalo Public School District, they say they received a voicemail from a section 6 representative. The school district was told there was an unidentified threat and that the game between the two schools will be cancelled. The Buffalo Public School District says safety is a top priority for them and that they believe full transparency is needed to keep the public fully informed.

The JV game scheduled for Saturday is also postponed.

While no reports or threats have been confirmed, the district says on Facebook the games are being postponed out of caution while law enforcement work to investigate.

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