At a press conference, officials said bags or backpacks would not be allowed in the games and they would use chopsticks to control people entering arenas and facilities.
Update at 11:20 a.m. with details of district officials.
Dallas Independent School District officials said on Monday they would change some security measures following a shootout that took place over the weekend during a basketball game between South Oak Cliff and Kimball High Schools.
The incident started as a brawl, ISD Dallas superintendent Michael Hinojosa said at the press conference.
A Dallas ISD Police official said the shots rang out as officers from Ellis Davis Field House responded to combat and escorted those involved. He said they were able to respond so quickly due to the additional officers they had near the concessions area in the complex.
A total of nine officers were at the game, he said.
Due to the violence, Hinojosa said the district will now immediately implement new security measures at all sporting events.
No bags, purses or rucksacks will be allowed in gaming arenas from Tuesday, he said.
Security teams will also use chopsticks to control people entering arenas and facilities.
Going forward, Hinojosa says the district will work on securing more weapon detection devices and developing a task force to work on countering violence. They also plan to “beef up” the facilities to prevent such events from happening again.
An 18-year-old boy was shot in the chest in the shooting on Saturday night. A DISD officer was also grazed by a bullet fragment.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the shooting after he surrendered.
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The 18-year-old who was shot was a former ISD Dallas student who transferred to a charter school, Hinjosa said. The 15-year-old is currently a Dallas ISD student, although Hinojosa did not specify which school he attends.
About 650 people were in the arena at the time of the shooting, according to the commissioner.
“It happened under our surveillance, on our property,” he said.
He appeared visually moved by the shooting, explaining how the violence on school property or at school events reached a new level.
“What is really disappointing for me is that public schools, in my personal history [of being a student, teacher and superintendent in the district for decades], there was a kind of truce, âhe said. âThe truce is that these activities take place off campus. Well, this truce is now over as it has now spread to our campus, which makes it even more difficult. “
Dallas Police officials clarified that the shooting did not appear to be linked to gang violence, although Hinojosa said the district needed to work more on gang intervention.
A WFAA photographer was inside the set during filming and filmed the scene. The shooting took place at the end of the third quarter.
In the video, four gunshots can be heard as participants and players scramble for cover. Several police officers can then be seen running around the upper part of the stadium.
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The shooting took place just hours after the new South Oak Cliff High School opened.
âSouth Oak Cliff celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony on his return to their newly renovated building and it was the climactic event, and ending the day like this is heartbreaking,â said district spokeswoman Robyn Harris.
Hinjosoa echoed these sentiments during the press conference.
âIt was an emotional roller coaster,â he said.