Wellington Football Wins Home Opener Despite Safety Concerns


David Sanchez

Haley Hartner, News Editor

The Wellington Wolverines defeated the Royal Palm Beach Wildcats 38-0 during their first home game of the 2018 season.

Wellington scored two touchdowns, with each extra point, in both the first and second quarter of the game, entering half-time with a 17 point lead over Royal Palm. They quickly advanced their lead, earning another touchdown nearly 14 seconds into the third quarter, and scored two more before the beginning of the fourth. 

The game was held just one week after the shooting at Palm Beach Central’s opening football game, which left two people in the hospital., Attendees at Wellington’s game Friday were the first to experience district-wide changes to security at sporting events throughout the county,  including being subject to security searches before stepping foot into the stadium.

“I’m scared of being collateral damage like the kids at Central’s game,” said WHS senior Allie Verdoliva, “but I can’t live life in fear. Things like that can happen anywhere. I feel somewhat safer, but with the added security, everything’s so poorly organized.”

While it seemed that many students and parents appreciated the lengths the school district is going to, to ensure the safety of families attending such games, a majority did not deem them as necessary.

A parent of a cheerleader for Royal Palm Beach High School stated, “I don’t think what happened at Palm Beach Central had anything to do with high school football or the kids. All of this isn’t necessary.”

Though the question of whether or not the new district policies will be effective still remains for some, it is evident that these high school students are not letting their fear hold them back.

“Stuff like this is definitely scary,” said one Wellington High School Parent. “It’s just good to see people back out at the games.”

The Wolverines’ next game is August 31st against the Vero Beach Indians.