No Tailgating at Burke County High School Homecoming This Year
It’s been a rough start to the new school year in the area as far as violence is concerned and Burke County is no exception. For that reason, Burke County High School Principal Dr. Walter Seabrooks and Burke County School Superintendent Dr. Angela Williams have decided to cancel any tailgating celebrations before the school’s homecoming game on Friday, September 22.
A letter to parents, alumni and the community reads:
“I hope this letter finds you well. I regret to inform you that due to number of circumstances, we are compelled to cancel the 2023 tailgating activities at Burke County High School. While this decision was not not made lightly, we believe it is in the best interest of all parties involved. Only the Tailgating Celebration will be canceled. The Annual Homecoming Football game and all of its activities will resume as normal.
We understand the excitement and anticipating that surrounds such events, and we share in the disappointment of this cancellation. The spirit of camaraderie and celebration you’ve come to expect from a night in the Bear Den is expected to be present this year. Your understanding and continued support are greatly appreciated.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.:
Dr. Walter Seabrooks, Principal
Dr. Angela Williams, Superintendent
The Burke County High School homecoming parade will be held Thursday, September 21 at 5:00 pm in downtown Waynesboro. The homecoming game will be played Friday, September 22 versus Statesboro at 7:30 pm.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has been called to a series of gang-related fights at the school since the new school year began. One fight began at school and continued off campus. School administrators put a new safety plan into action after four fights were reported in the first week of school. Parents were notified the school system has implemented increased supervision, especially during breaks and dismissal; increased law enforcement in addition to the two assigned resource officers; will pursue criminal charges in appropriate cases for those involved; and will communicate with students in open discussions about violence prevention and conflict resolution.