Miami Northwestern's Game Against Glades Central Canceled Due to "Gang Violence"

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Tonight's meeting between two of South Florida's most storied high school football teams has been canceled. The reason: apparently, gang violence.

Miami Northwestern and Glades Central, which have six state championships apiece and between them have produced numerous NFL talents, including Tommy Streeter, Vernon Carey, and Sean Spence for Northwestern, and Travis Benjamin, Damien Berry, and Santonio Holmes for Glades, were set to meet tonight in Belle Glade.

Miami Northwestern's football Twitter feed broke the news:

"Due to unrest in the community, school police, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and the area's superintendent have canceled tonight's game against Northwestern," Glades Central co-athletic director Dennis Knabb told the Palm Beach Post.

According to the paper, a shooting near the school last night that forced the campus into lockdown is the main source of worry. A 17-year-old boy was shot during a confrontation that involved "a group of individuals" with an "ongoing feud."

Belle Glade is a poverty-stricken western Palm Beach town on the edge of Lake Okeechobee that throughout points in its history has had some of the highest rates of AIDS infections and violent crime in the nation. The Glades Central football team is pretty much the pride of the town.

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48 comments
Adam Sanz
Adam Sanz

Have the game anyway. Pretty sure everyone in the crowd is packing something, they can keep things in line if they have to.

Terence Ali Purifoye
Terence Ali Purifoye

When we get gangs in Miami? I guess I'm ole school!!! Jackson General!!!

Larry HairstonII
Larry HairstonII

I went to Northwestern and I've never heard of Glades Central. We had shootings at some of our games, but they were never canceled like this. Wow.... we gotta do better.

PoPimp Vernet
PoPimp Vernet

Wow first time i ever heard some bullshit like that. Raiders till I die dam muck city.

Joe Matos
Joe Matos

Have to keep the players safe.

Carl Holt
Carl Holt

You can bet there at least 3 future NFL players on those teams.

Van Bridges
Van Bridges

Graduated Miami Central and 76 nothing changes...... Except the date

Dee Butler
Dee Butler

Sad! My South FLA boys are way better than that!! :(

Minh McClure
Minh McClure

only 2 thinks to do in the muck. ball or bang. now i guess there is only 1 thing to do.

Nick St Thomas
Nick St Thomas

Sad football should be the outlet away from violence like this.

Lillian Mallo Pita
Lillian Mallo Pita

Probably naive in my part but why not play in spite of them. Get out the reinforcement and don't punish the players or their fans

Dave Pazos
Dave Pazos

Shoulda just played the game in Liberty City. No gang violence there.

W Keith Hall
W Keith Hall

damn, thugs stopping a football game?cal the alphabet boys (FBI,DEA, ATF) in cause that don't make sense that gangs have that much power!

Raymond Martens
Raymond Martens

Wow really I would have never thought that was possible

Vince Witty
Vince Witty

What a bunch of pathetic losers. Stop ruining society

Nick Pepper
Nick Pepper

I don't give a fuck about highschool football...

triplec67
triplec67

@Terence Ali Purifoye When did Miami get gangs??  C'mon man..  Miami is full of gangs and has been for 30 years or more!  Read a newspaper or turn on your TV once in a while.  What is it like living under that rock?

miamitrev2
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@John Secaga  

Palm Beach County you mean.    Reading is fundamental.

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