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Peoria Public Schools: Students must 'earn' privilege to attend athletic events

Jeff Smudde
Updated: August 30, 2022 at 8:54 PM CDT
Peoria Police said Tuesday night that three District 150 students have been arrested on mob-action charges related to Friday night's game. They are 15, 16, and 17 years old. Police say more arrests are expected.

Peoria Public Schools says students will need to "earn the privilege of attending athletic games" moving forward.

This comes after several people were involved in a fight that interrupted Friday night's Peoria High School football season opener versus Metamora.

The school district said student eligibility will be determined based on grades, behavior, and attendance. A district spokesperson didn't immediately reply to a request for more information on that criteria.

That's in addition to a ban on backpacks and bags, a school ID requirement, and a rule requiring primary and middle school students to be accompanied by an adult at all times during an athletic event.

Peoria High's varsity football game vs. Manual is now scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, rather than Friday, Sept. 23; and the kickoff for the Sept. 30 PHS game versus Richwoods was moved up to 6 p.m.

Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria said he's seeking to make 12 arrests in connection with the Friday unrest.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.