FLINT TWP. – Additional safety measures will be put in place at Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools athletic events after a 17-year-old boy brought a pistol into a basketball game Friday night at Carman Ainsworth High School.
Superintendent Eddie Kindle said use of some type of metal detector and a no bags, no purses policy would go into effect immediately at all future athletic events, in addition to continuing the safety measures already in place.
“I believe that our safety standards that we’ve had in place have been successful and will continue to be successful,” Kindle said at a press conference held Sunday morning at the Carman-Ainsworth Administration Building. “Our typical safety protocol for athletic events is to utilize supervision from our administrative staff, various teachers who volunteer their time and our new safety advocates that are employed at Carman-Ainsworth High School. Key to that has been our collaboration with the Flint Township Police Department, which has always been a measure of success at any of our athletic competitions. That level of success was compromised briefly, and when that happens, we allow the Flint Township Police Department to do their job.”
The incident occurred at halftime of a high school basketball game between Carman-Ainsworth and Grand Blanc High School. Flint Township Police Chief Kevin Salter said there were four uniformed officers at the game when on officer identified a male who appeared to have a concealed weapon.
“When the officers tried to make contact with the suspect, he fled down the stairs and across the court,” Salter said at the press conference. “The suspect was quickly apprehended. As he was apprehended, we located a pistol, and during an interview at the police department, the suspect admitted having the pistol on him.”
No shots were fired during the incident, and no one was injured. Salter said the case will be forwarded to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday for possible charges. The incident remains under investigation.
Kindle said the suspect is not and never has been a student in the Carman-Ainsworth or Grand Blanc school districts. The Carman-Ainsworth district has seen a loss of 354 students from October of 2018, with 4,681 students, to October 2019, with 4,327 students. Kindle said he has had no indication that the decline in enrollment is related in any way to families opting out of the district because of safety concerns.
Carman-Ainsworth was leading Grand Blanc 37-35 at halftime Friday night when the incident occurred. The remainder of the game before a sell-out crowd of about 1.300 people was canceled and the gym evacuated. Carman-Ainsworth Athletic Director Mary Haslinger said the game is tentatively rescheduled for Jan. 2 at Carman-Ainsworth High School. She said it has yet to be determined whether the teams will resume with the previous half time score and play only the second half or will have to play a full game.
This is the second incident involving a gun at Carman-Ainsworth this year. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the parking lot area in June while a play and basketball skills event were going on inside the school. A fight involving about 70 people started inside the building and spilled outside, where the boy was shot.
Four teens ranging in age from 14 to 16 were charged with carrying a concealed weapon in connection with the June incident.
Anyone who may have witnessed Friday’s incident and has additional information can call Flint Township Det. Alex Minto at 810-600-3250 or report a tip anonymously with Crime Stoppers of Flint & Genesee County at (800) 422-JAIL (5245), on the P3Tips mobile app or online at crimestoppersofflint.com or P3Tips.com.