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Northern Ky. High School postpones football scrimmage in Louisville over social media image

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It is just an Internet rumor, but the so-called Purge caused enough concern in Louisville Friday night to postpone a scheduled football scrimmage.

Simon Kenton High School, from northern Kentucky, was scheduled to play at St. X, but was so concerned that it called off the game until Saturday.

The St. X Tigers were on the football field Friday night , but for a light workout, not the scheduled scrimmage.

The game was postponed after Simon Kenton decided not to travel to Louisville because of concern about The Purge.

The Purge is a 2013 movie about a 12-hour period in which all crime is legalized and emergency services are suspended.

Chatter about a Louisville version of the Purge occurring Friday night has been spreading like wildfire through social media.

The image on social media shows a person wearing a mask with the headline "Louisvilles The Purge - 8:00 PM to 6:30 AM Friday August 15, 2014".


Louisville Metro Police say they believe it was a juvenile that started circulating the photo. They say they are also concerned with the response to the photo, and will continue to investigate the response to it.


The Kenton Co. School District says its superintendent decided to err on the side of caution.

"This is not a gamble or risk that we're ever willing to take. We have to decide what's going to be best for our students, and safety is our number one priority, always," said Jess Dykes, the spokesperson for the Kenton Co. School District.

So, the stands at St. X are empty, as fans watch practice from the sidelines.

Football parent Bruce Nall says it was the right decision.

"Well, I'd say an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of medicine. So, it's probably in the best interest just to wait until tomorrow morning, I guess," said Nall.

LMPD says there have been no specific threats, but it is prepared for anything out of the ordinary.

"We take all threats seriously. We recognize any tip that comes in, we're going to investigate, we're going to monitor and investigate thoroughly, and we have contingencies in place should the need arise," said LMPD spokesman Sgt. Phil Russell. 

As for the scrimmage, it's been rescheduled for Saturday morning - not in Louisville, but at Simon Kenton in northern Kentucky.

"It was important for both programs to make that decision together. It was one that was done cohesively, and both parties agreed," said Dykes.

But Mike Littel, the spokesman for St. X, says while he's aware the scrimmage was postponed, he was not told the reason why.

As WDRB was talking with parents, the school asked the news crew to leave the campus.

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