Homeowners in several northeast Jackson neighborhoods should expect increased patrols by the Jackson Police Department and Hinds County Sheriff’s Department this week because of the Jackson Academy and Jackson Prep football game that will be played on Oct. 15 at JA.
Palmer Kennedy, head of school at Jackson Academy, and Lawrence Coco, head of school at Jackson Prep, sent a joint letter to JA and Prep families to let them know that the homeowners associations for the Sheffield, Eastover and Massena Heights plan an increased law enforcement presence for the week leading up to the game.
The week leading up to the game culminates in a week “that students have traditionally labeled ‘Fight Week,’” the letter reads. “Historically, during this week, students of both schools engage in vandalism, using paintball guns on vehicles and homes, causing significant property damage and, in some cases, risking bodily injury. This behavior is not consistent with good sportsmanship or the character of JA and Prep students.”
The letter goes on to ask students not to “engage in this type of behavior, as it is destructive, harms our reputation in the community, and could lead to a catastrophic and tragic outcome. Parents, please monitor your students and ensure they are where they are supposed to be and not engaging in this type of behavior.”
The increased law enforcement presence will be significant. “As in past years, we anticipate that if students are apprehended damaging property or putting someone at risk of injury, they will be arrested immediately and not provided a warning,” the letter reads. “Students, please do not put yourself in this position.”