Annual Thanksgiving HS football game canceled after threats
Police are investigating after school officials postponed a century-old Thanksgiving Day football game between Neptune and Asbury Park high schools because of threats.
A statement was posted on both districts’ websites.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game between Asbury Park High School and Neptune Township High School is being postponed until a mutually agreeable date,” the statement said, in part.
“We feel we need to ensure the safety and well-being of our community. We received information that would have put our students in harm’s way so we made the decision to postpone," Asbury Park Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet told News 12 New Jersey.
Repollet said he understands that the annual tradition is important to both towns, but he said safety “transcends the football game."
"There are individuals who want to destroy the spirit of the game," Repollet said.
The superintendent on Thursday told News 12 New Jersey that the game has ultimately been canceled because the schools could not agree on a make up date. Repollet said that as a result, Neptune decided to forfeit the game.
The teams had met Thanksgiving Day since 1908, with the exception of a few changes.
Officials did not provide any details about what types of threats were made.
The Associated Press news wire service contributed to this report.