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High School Soccer Game Cancelled Because of Armed Spectator

A soccer game between Muskegon Western Michigan Christian and Hudsonville Freedomville Christian high schools was stopped because of an armed man who was watching yesterday's game in Muskegon, Mich.

Muskegon Western’s assistant coach Dave Hulings told head coach Fred Vandenbrand about the man carrying an openly-holstered gun.

VandenBrand asked the man to leave, but he refused. Instead, the man put the gun in his car and returned to the stands with an empty holster.

His presence apparently creeped out parents who complained to Muskegon Western coaches, who called the game off.

“I thought it was necessary to clear the field of players and parents. It is regretful that the boys on both teams could not finish. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but I thought it best to err on the side of caution," Hulings told

"Although I personally have no objection to, and do support, his right to carry, the school also has a right under the law to ask him to leave."

Police were called to the field, but it's not clear if the man was ever questioned by officers.

Freedom Christian coach Nate Sharpe agreed that the school was within its rights to ask the man to leave and cancel the game.



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