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Parkersburg High School principal issues apology for smoke bomb incident

PARKERSBURG — During the rival Parkersburg High versus Parkersburg South High football game Friday, red smoke was released, negatively affecting a few marching band members.

PHS principal Kenny DeMoss issued a statement apologizing for the incident.

“During pregame instructions, a red smoke bomb was used as an entrance for our football team to run out onto the field. This is something that we did last time we played South in football and there wasn’t any issue,” he said.

However, DeMoss said it caused a problem Friday night when the smoke hit the band members who were standing behind the inflated helmet.

“Hardly anyone saw some of our band members had their breath taken away, even some who had to be treated. I want to apologize to those students who felt the ill effects of that red smoke,” he said.

DeMoss assured the public red smoke will never again be released and commended the band members for their performance and perseverance that night.

“You are a vital component of our atmosphere on Friday nights and like many who participate in extracurricular activities, you all persevered and still performed at a high level at halftime and the rest of the game,” DeMoss said. “The next time you see our band play, give them a huge thank you for the role they play in making our school be its best and for the toughness they displayed that night in the heat in full uniform.”

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