CrimeTracker: Violence at football games could move games to Saturdays

Sergeant Richard B. Murphy with a warning to teens: "If you don't start behaving, this is what's possibly going to happen: the ending of Friday night football in the City of Toledo."
Sergeant Richard B. Murphy with a warning to teens: "If you don't start behaving, this is what's possibly going to happen: the ending of Friday night football in the City of Toledo."

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Friday night football games should be fun for the whole family event.

But "violence and gangs seem to be running the post-game Friday night football here in the City of Toledo," says retired Sergeant Richard B. Murphy. "This past weekend, 18 of our young people were arrested after the Bowsher High School football game. At Central Catholic when the game was let out, the street was clogged with kids. You couldn't even drive down the street. Fights at each end of the street. This is the third incident this year here in the City of Toledo."

Years ago, many schools played Saturday sports to avoid these kinds of problems.

Sergeant Murphy to parents and kids: "If you don't start behaving, this is what's possibly going to happen: the ending of Friday night football in the City of Toledo. Your kids are going to be killed or injured seriously. They're going to go to jail or go to JJC. How much are you going to put up with?"