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Spectators restricted at Flint and Beecher football games after fights

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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Beecher High School and Flint Southwestern Academy both are restricting spectators at upcoming football games after violence broke out during last Friday's game.

Fights in the stands caused last week's game between Beecher and the Flint Jaguars to be canceled at halftime.

This Friday, Beecher will not allow students at the homecoming game against Hamady High School. Beecher Principal Lance Sumpter announced the decision in a letter to families.

"We've made these decisions based on previous games with the visiting team and recent events at nearby schools," he wrote.

Only one home game remains for Beecher students to attend on Oct. 21.

The Flint Jaguars are restricting attendance to invitation only for the next two home games on Sept. 23 and 30. Flint Community Schools will allow players to invite five family members apiece.

The school also will allow athletic alumni, staff and college scouts into the games with prior approval from the athletic director.

"This protocol allows us to limit the number of attendees and gives us the ability to track who is in attendance," said Superintendent Kevelin Jones.

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