Two Students From The Same School Murdered, Leads To No Fans In The Stands At Football Game
A few weeks back I was sent out to cover a high school football game on a Saturday afternoon, which is about as normal a fall weekend as I can get when it comes to assignments from The Chicago Tribune. Sadly the coverage of this game came with a twist, there would be no fans allowed in the stands.
While 2020 and Covid had made this a more common occurrence and the reasoning behind the empty stadium was indeed health concerns, this was from a more immediate safety situation, after two separate murders of Simeon high school students earlier in the week and fear of reprisals that could have happened at a large gathering.
While I can’t give this story the same publicity it might have gotten in the paper, I can also see where this would be just another black eye for the city as it struggles with violence, I thought it was a unique situation juxtaposed with our current Covid situation and moment in this time where we are struggling with dangers from several angles.