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Update From Meridian Public Schools Regarding Football Game Cancellation.

September 13, 2022 – After an altercation occurred at Meridian High School during dismissal and several other credible threats on September 9, 2022, the decision was made to cancel the football game between MHS and West Lauderdale. Our top priority as a school district is to make sure Wildcat fans, students and visitors are safe while attending events on campus.

“We want to reassure the community that the actions of the students participating in the altercation are being addressed according to school board policy and in accordance with the law,” said Dr. Amy Carter, MPSD Superintendent. “The actions of a few don’t reflect the character of the student body at MHS.”

“I would like to thank MHS educators and administrators and the MPSD Campus Police for all they do daily to make our campuses safe,” said Carter. “I would also like to thank the Mayor of Meridian, City Council, MPD Chief Young, and reserve officers for their continued support.”

Going forward, the district will continue to practice already established Public Event Guidelines to include:

  • Implementation of walk-through metal detectors at MPSD Public Events.

  • Entrances will be limited. No re-entry upon exit.

  • No book bags will be allowed. Purses, camera bags, and diaper bags are permitted.

  • No loitering or gathering under the bleachers.

  • ALL K-9th grade students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must be supervised by a parent or guardian while attending Meridian Public School District events.

  • If a fan is asked to leave an event, due to misconduct, he or she will not be allowed to

attend another MPSD sporting event for the remainder of the school year.

  • Admission to MPSD Athletic events is subject to compliance with all state laws and facility rules and the ticket holder consents to reasonable examinations and searches to ensure compliance. Failure to comply with the law or facility rules may result in refusal of admission or expulsion.

“I am excited to welcome Hattiesburg to campus this Friday, September 16, 2022,” said Dr. Cheyenne Trussell, MPSD Athletic Director. “I want the community, students, and others to know that we will continue practicing our already established public event guidelines as well as adding some measures to make MPSD athletic events enjoyable for all.”


About Meridian Public School District - The Meridian Public School District prepares all students, in a parent and community partnership, to be literate, self-directed learners with the confidence and character to compete in a complex and ever-changing world. MPSD serves 5,000 students on 12 school campuses. For more information, please visit us on the web at



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