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"Concerning messages" force Kenmore West, McKinley football game to be postponed

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Posted at 4:57 PM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 21:17:08-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A message posted to the Ken-Ton School District website states Friday's high school football game between Kenmore West High School and McKinley High School has been postponed due to "concerning messages posted online."

Due to reports of concerning messages posted online regarding the potential for violence at the Kenmore West High School varsity football game against McKinley High School which is scheduled to take place today (Friday, Sept. 13) in the City of Buffalo, the athletic departments at both schools have chosen to postpone today's varsity match as well as the JV match scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 14). Although no reports or threats have been corroborated, these games are being postponed out of an abundance of caution while law enforcement work to investigate these reports.

No word was given on a date for the game to be rescheduled.

A spokesperson for the Ken-Ton School District issued this statement:
"Due to multiple reports of concerning messages posted online regarding the potential for violence at the Kenmore West High School varsity football game against McKinley High School which was scheduled to take place today (Friday, Sept. 13), the decision was made to postpone the varsity match as well as the JV match scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 14). Although no threats have been corroborated, these games were postponed out of an abundance of caution while law enforcement work to investigate these reports.
The decision to postpone the varsity and JV games this weekend was made this afternoon by Ken-Ton School District Athletic Director Brett Banker and Acting Buffalo Public Schools Athletic Director Ryan Shepard in consultation with Section VI Football Chairperson Ken Stoldt."