According to 10TV.com:
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A violent act is bringing parents and students from two central Ohio high schools together to keep the violence out of their schools and off the football field.
Walnut Ridge High School and Independence High School will face off Friday night on the football field, but there is a lot more than the game on most people’s minds, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.
The game comes less than a week after gunfire erupted at a party between two 16-year-old boys that attend the rival schools. The shooting left one of the boys in critical condition.
Parents and students have organized the football summit to show the community that violence is not what these two schools are about.
“It was non-school related, non-athletic related,” said Patricia Thompson-Jones, organizer of the football summit. “It’s getting a lot of bad publicity and that’s over-shadowing the awesome achievements that these kids are doing on Friday night.”
Organizers hope the event will promote good sportsmanship and fellowship among players from both schools.
The football summit will be held Thursday at the Donato’s Pizza on Brice Road at 7 p.m. It’s open to all senior football players from both schools. Friday’s football game will go on at 5 p.m. to allow for more daylight hours.