Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada said he heard a lot of stories about problems with seating at Ken Locke Stadium during last week’s homecoming game, but there were essentially two issues.
The first was that there were adults, seated in a section usually reserved for students, who complained to School Liaison Officer Ken Hucks that students were standing in their way. The adults could not see the game.
Meanwhile, on the south side of the home seating area, complaints were heard that students were running around too much. The children were told to stay put.
For those who complained, the Knoxville School District offered to repay them their admission fees. It was also suggested that the adults move to another location, away from the students, if they were bothered by the young people.
“The police department is working with the school,” Losada said. The department and school officials agreed to try to control the crowd when complaints were made. This is the first time such complaints have occurred, though the football season is almost over.
On the Journal-Express Facebook page were complaints about Hucks. There was also an allegation that Hucks was arguing with Reserve Officer Sheldon Davids. Losada said there was no argument, the two were discussing ways to handle the situations that arose. According to Losada, he also asked those who complained on Facebook to contact him directly to discuss the situation. As of Tuesday morning, no one had contacted the chief.
Losada believes this was not much of an issue, and that only a few people were affected. The KPD and the school district continue to try to find a solution to avoid such complaints in the future.