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Warren City Superintendent says high level threat call led him to cancel game

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WARREN, Ohio - The Superintendent of Warren City Schools answers questions about the threat that led him to cancel Warren Harding's last football game of the season.
 
Superintendent Michael Notar says the decision was based on a phone call from police stating they had information that there was a high level threat that something would happen at the game, not by a student but by outside influences.
 
Notar says he felt for the safety of the students, and people attending the game, even if it was intended for our police officers, that is bad in and of itself, for the safety of everyone in our community it was best to cancel the football game.
 
The Superintendent will talk personally with the football players, band members and cheerleaders on Monday regarding his decision. Notar says he understands why they are upset.
 
He emphasized the game cancellation had nothing to do with students but outside influences.
Warren Council President Bob Dean was in our studio for WFMJ Weekend Today to talk about recent violence in the city.
 
He stressed the need for clergy and community involvement and supporting the police department.
 
Dean says we've got to give our police officers what they need, and form a partnership with our community, and take the fear out of our community so the partnership actually works.
 
Despite increased tensions in the city of Warren due to two fatal shootings in the past two weeks, Dean urges the community to take back the streets and start community policing efforts as well as Mayor's Nights out, which would include a liaison from each ward.
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