Football game between El Paso school, alleged shooter's school cancelled

A football game between an El Paso high school and the suburban Dallas school where the suspect in the El Paso mass shooting attended has been cancelled.

Plano school district officials said Thursday they cancelled the game that had been scheduled between Plano Senior High School and El Paso's Eastwood High School for Sept.6 in Plano.

A district statement said administrators felt obligated to act out of concern for the safety of players, students, families and communities.

Superintendent Sara Bonser said "what should be a celebratory event would be encumbered by safety concerns for the participants and fans of both teams."

Bonser had voiced concern to Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin that the game could potentially provide a platform for those with extremist political agenda to amplify their message.

Rushin agreed with Bonser's assessment and that "they decided to err on the side of caution."

The two schools had faced each other for the first time last year.

The Eastwood campus is situated about three miles from the Walmart where 22 people were killed Aug. 3.

El Paso police say Plano Senior High School alumnus Patrick Crosius has confessed to the massacre.