Here's a statement released on Wednesday by Mississippi High School Activities Association chief Ennis Proctor on playing high school football games this weekend:
Our hearts go out to all the families directly involved with the recent incidents that occurred in New York City, Washington D C, and Pennsylvania. We know these are very tragic incidents and a very delicate situation with all of the people in this country, including our students, student-athletes, administrators, and coaches.
We are in agreement with President Bush's statement that the nation should carry on as closely as possible, with business as usual. We feel, as he does, that a terrorist attack on our country should not dictate every move we as Americans should make. We will therefore, allow competition to continue on Friday night and ask our schools to have a special ceremony in honor of our country. This would include having someone read or make a statement concerning the loved ones that have been lost, as well as the injured and the suffering our country has felt during this crucial time. This should be followed by a moment of silent prayer for our nation.. We would also request that all flags at the schools, as well as the ball games, be flown at half-mast.
Thank you for your cooperation and please call on us at the MHSAA office if we can be of further assistance.