ROGERSVILLE — Soccer players getting ready for practice on the Rogersville Middle School football field last week found approximately 18 rusty razor blades scattered throughout the field.
According to a report released by the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Thursday, Deputy Bobby Matthews was notified by RMS principal Jim Ailshie on April 1 that players had removed numerous utility type razors from the field the previous night.
Around 8 a.m. that morning deputies secured the field and searched with metal detectors.
Apparently the players had conducted a thorough search because no additional razors were found.
As a precaution, however, Ailshie closed the field for the rest of the week, and activities were moved to the field behind Hawkins Elementary.
The razors were old and rusty, and Ailshie said it appeared that they had been there for quite a while.
"When we arrived at school that morning the soccer coach indicated that during practice the night before they had found a number of rusty razor blades that had been scattered the football field," Aishie said. "They were strewn from one end zone line to another. We had about four metal detectors that went across that field just to make sure there weren't any further razor blades."
Ailshie added, "(In the fall) we had our football season, and we share the field with the Pop Warner league. I'm not sure when this could have happened, but the blades were a little rusted, so I think they've been there for quite some time."
Aishie said coaches and staff will be checking fields from now on before any activities take place to make sure they haven't been tampered with.
Despite being rusty, the razors were still sharp and could have injured students, Ailshie said.
"I can't comprehend someone doing something like this that would inflict injury on a child," Ailshie said. "There were no suspects. We couldn't pinpoint the timeline when they were strewn on the field. We'll take the appropriate precautionary measures to make sure the field is safe for children and clear of dangerous items like this."comments powered by Disqus