(CBS) — In an abrupt reversal, Rich Township High School District 227 officials decided to lift a ban on spectators from the varsity football game between Rich South and Rich Central, in the wake of a brawl between students of the two schools.
WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, just two hours after deciding to ban all fans – including adults – from the varsity football game between the two schools on Saturday, officials changed their minds. The district said it decided the players deserve better than to play in an empty stadium.
The two teams will play at Rich Central in Olympia Fields at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and students, parents, and their families will be allowed in.
The original decision to ban spectators came as a result of a brawl between students at the two schools on Sept. 30, after Rich Central students were evacuated from their school because of a bomb threat, and bussed to Rich South.
When the students arrived at Rich South, someone pulled a fire alarm, and a melee erupted outside the school, injuring several people.
Ten students were charged with felony mob action in connection with the melee.