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Middletown moves high-school football game at police urging

Colerain High School Football Stadium
Colerain High School Football Stadium
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 8:18 PM EDT

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Friday’s football game between Middletown and Colerain will be moved from Middletown’s Barnitz Stadium.

The district announced the relocation in a statement less than 24 hours before the game.

The game will now be played at Colerain High School Football Stadium.

Middletown police advised the move after multiple recent incidents in the neighborhood, according to the district.

“While decisions like these are never fun or easy, it is our duty to ensure the safety of our students, spectators and visitors,” a district spokesperson said.

The news follows a shooting Thursday afternoon on Louis Place that left two people hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

On Wednesday, the district reported one of its school buses had been hit with BB gun pellets. The bus was not carrying Middletown students.

It is unclear if either the shooting or the BB gun incident is related to the police recommendation.

FOX19 has reached out to the Middletown Police Department for clarification.

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