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Increased security at Decatur High School football games

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Decatur High School announced increased security plans for home varsity football games.

The move is in response to three armed robberies of students leaving the game on Aug. 30. The armed robbers were teens armed with a gun, and they targeted students for their iPhones, according to the police reports.

Dr. Phyllis Edwards, Superintendent of Decatur Schools, said the increased security plans are already in the works. She said DeKalb County Marshals will patrol the grounds in addition to the regular four off-duty officers at the games. Backpacks and bags will be banned from the stadium.

Edwards said Georgia Power has already analyzed the lighting in around the stadium, and the school will improve dimly lit areas.

The school system is also looking at renting metal detectors.

Edwards estimates the cost will be at least $10,000 with the money taken out of the general fund.

The next home game for Decatur is Sept. 20 against Clarkston.

Decatur police said they have video showing the suspects leaving the city.

They said they were not sure if the teens were students at Decatur High School or came in for the game. Officers said they are working with Decatur High School and Grady High School (the opposing night of the incidents) to see if the suspects are students at either school. Officers said they will then reach out to area police departments and then the public for help identifying the suspects.

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