A security door left open reportedly led to the visitor’s locker room being ransacked at the Friday night game between Trotwood-Madison and Wayne High School.
Clothing was strewn about, electronic devices were broken and other belongings of the Wayne High School team were damaged during the first half of the game at Trotwood-Madison High School, district officials confirmed Monday.
“We were informed that night after the game that there was some damage done to some cellphones and belongings to the visitor’s locker room. It looked like someone ransacked the locker room,” said Marlon Howard, acting superintendent of Trotwood-Madison schools.
Huber Heights Athletic Director Nate Baker said the incident was reported through the proper channels and a police report was filed.
The incident report was not available Monday at the Trotwood Police Department. Capt. Dan Heath said the school resource officer is investigating but further details were not released.
Huber Heights City Schools released a statement Monday stating they are working with Trotwood-Madison officials to resolve the issue and deferred any further comments to the police department.
“HHCS emphasizes unity with other school districts during times like these,” the statement reads.
It’s not clear who may be responsible for the damages during the game, which drew thousands of spectators, but the locker room would not have been accessible to the public if not for the rear security door being propped open by the Wayne High School team, Trotwood officials said.
Trotwood-Madison Athletics Director Frank Russo said he noticed the rear door was propped open with a bucket when he went to turn on the lights to the field. Russo said he closed the door, which automatically locks when shut, but it was left propped open a second time.
“Someone propped open that door and gave people external access. That door is not supposed to be open. It’s simply an emergency exit,” Russo said.
Officials said a security guard is stationed by the front entrance where players and coaches enter and exit the locker room, which is located on the visitor’s side of the field.
“We take measures to ensure the security and safety of our visitors,” Howard said. “We have hosted hundreds of games, including the state playoffs, and we’ve never had anyone breach the locker rooms.”
Howard said he is working with Huber Heights district administrators and they are reviewing whether additional improvements or lighting is needed to prevent a similar incident from happening.
Trotwood-Madison beat Wayne 40-28.
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