According to a story by the Riverside Press-Enterprise
, the Hemet Unified School District has instituted a policy that requires fans to show ID if they want to get in to see a game. The policy applies to all ages and visiting fans as well as home fans.
“There are going to be certain individuals who are going to be
deterred,” district Director of Safety, Benefits and Risk Management Lucy Dressel said in the story. “Individuals who are up to no good normally
don’t want to show ID.”Hemet (Calif.)
, Tahquitz (Hemet, Calif.)
and West Valley (Hemet, Calif.)
are the three high schools in the district. West Valley Principal Alex Ballard said there was no specific incident that triggered the policy, but rather it was an idea to create a safe environment.
A formal policy was debated by the school board earlier this week and it is planned to be expanded to all types of events, not just football. The first two weeks of the policy saw ID checks but people were not turned away.
The move is not unprecedented. In September, Thurston High in Michigan also started checking IDs after a shooting occurred after a game. Dressel said in the P-E story that Hemet was following "quite a few" other districts, though the newspaper stated that it could not verify that locally.
The new policy also requires that bags be checked at the gate and fans can not reenter the stadium.
If you want to watch a football game at any of the three public high schools in Hemet, Calif., you'd better get out your identification - or you'll be denied entry to the stadium.