El Paso football game canceled in fear of extremists

Patrick Crusius, shooting suspect for El Paso, Texas. | Photo Source: FBI / MGN

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A police spokesman said a Sept. 6 football game between an El Paso high school and the school attended by the suspect in the El Paso mass shooting was canceled because of fear of it becoming a platform for extremists.

Plano Independent School District officials announced Thursday the cancellation of the game between Plano Senior High School and El Paso's Eastwood High School.

El Paso police have said Plano Senior alumnus Patrick Crusius had confessed to targeting Mexicans in the Aug. 3 shootings that killed 22 people at a Walmart three miles from the Eastwood campus.

Tilley said Superintendent Sara Bonser had voiced concern to Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin that the game could potentially provide a platform for those with extremist political agenda to amplify their message.

Tilley said Rushin agreed with Bonser's assessment and that "they decided to err on the side of caution."

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