SARASOTA, Fla. - Riverview High School had extra patrols and deputies for Friday night's cross-county rivalry football game with Sarasota High School.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office had about a dozen deputies patrolling the game. The sheriff's office says the increase in security comes at the request of the Sarasota School District.
The sheriff's office says they also want the community to feel safer after last month’s alleged rape during a football game. Published reports state a student was allegedly raped by a man in his 30s or 40s on the 2700 block of Parma Street near the school. The street is poorly lit.
Katelyn Perez, spokesperson for the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office says the case remains open.
“The Sarasota Sheriff’s Office has not received enough information to corroborate the evidence and timeline in this case. The family refuses to cooperate with investigators," Perez said.
Perez asked the public to call the SSO if they have any information in this case.
The additional security comes after two students were arrested. One student brought a gun and bullets on the school bus and another posted on Snapchat the photo of a gun and said he was taking it to school the next day. In both cases, students reported the threat and students were arrested.
The school district set up additional parking at the Suncoast Technical College about half a mile east of the school off Proctor Road. School buses shuttled fans to the game starting at 6 p.m. Friday. The game started at 7:30 p.m.
Joe Binswanger, acting Communications Director for the Sarasota School District says the district has stepped up patrols at and around Riverview High School during the school day and at the after-school event. Binswanger says the district is hiring school security monitors. It may add higher resolution HD cameras to the school and will train students on the use of social media.
Extra security (deputies/cameras) tonight’s rivalry football game, Robinson HS after alleged rape/2 weapons arrests pic.twitter.com/uTsvdMUHx0— Isabel Mascarenas (@IMascarenas) November 3, 2017
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