PLANO, Texas (KETK) – Plano High School, the alma mater of the alleged El Paso Walmart shooter, has canceled an upcoming football game with Eastwood High School out of El Paso.
The game was scheduled to be played on September 6 and was set to be in Plano after being in El Paso in 2018.
According to our sister station KTSM, Plano ISD reached out to the El Paso school district to cancel the game and release a joint statement.
Eastwood did not want to cancel the game and offered to host the game for the second year in a row. Plano gave them a “hard no.”
Eastwood then suggested that they meet at a neutral site and Plano declined again. Sources told KTSM there was no credible threat, but PISD is worried the game could be a platform for someone with extremist views.
According to El Paso police, Patrick Crusius drove from the Dallas area to El Paso to “kill as many Mexicans as possible.”
Plano ISD released a statement about the cancelation on Thursday.
As the greater El Paso community continues to cope with the loss and devastation experienced on August 3, Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser opened a dialogue with Ysleta ISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre regarding the second annual out-of-district matchup between Plano Senior High and Eastwood High, scheduled for September 6. After consulting with local law enforcement agencies, Plano ISD administrators felt obligated to prioritize the safety of the participating players, students, families and communities, and have concluded that the timing of the game falls too soon after the tragedy in El Paso.Statement from Plano ISD