Charlotte-Mecklenburg's school superintendent has changed his mind about holding high school football games an hour and a half earlier as a step to avoid violence at games.
Acting Superintendent Calvin Wallace had moved game starting times to 6 p.m. following the shooting death of 15-year-old Marcus Grier, a junior high student, as he left an Aug. 24 game at Myers Park High. Another man was wounded in a separate shooting accident after the game.On Tuesday, attendance at high school games was down by nearly a third. Wallace changed the time back to 7:30 p.m. after consulting with principals, top aides and most school board members.
Post-game dances remain canceled.
Football revenues subsidize other sports at most high schools. School officials said money had nothing to do with their decision.