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Fearing 'Louisville Purge,' high school postpones scrimmage

By Evan Hilbert |

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A costume from ‘The Purge.'(Getty Images)

The Purge is a movie that depicts a period of 12 hours when the police force is inactive and people exist in a lawless society. A roving mob travels around and kills people, basically. It is not a very good movie.

At any rate, officials in Louisville, Ky. are taking threats of a "Louisville Purge" very seriously after a flier showed up around town and later circulated on social media. Local police have promised a heightened presence on the streets during the planned purge period, which is from 8 p.m. Friday until 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Here is the flier, which inadvertently puts all cities named 'Louisville' on notice due to its lack of punctuation, but whatever.

Also scheduled within that time frame is a high school football scrimmage between Louisville's St. Xavier High School and Simon Kenton (Ky.) High School, located in Independence. Yeah, that's not happening anymore, because Simon Kenton has decided not to come. Because of the purge.

"Bottom line, we don't know the seriousness of the threat," Simon Kenton Head Coach Jeff Marksberry told the Courier-Journal. "We're an hour and a half from home. If something does happen, the safety of our kids and staff and everybody else is of the utmost importance for us."

Fair enough. Hey, there's no manual to prepare school administrators on how they should deal with the threat of a lawless purge based on a series of movies.

The game has been rescheduled for Saturday morning at Simon Kenton.

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