Violent disturbances ignited by a demonstration of white supremacists in Charlottesville has forced the University of Virginia to make a couple of easy decisions in the interest of public safety. Among the events canceled by the school on Saturday was an event for fans to get a chance to meet members of the Cavaliers football team.
The statement from the University of Virginia reads as follows;
Due to the ongoing public safety concerns in downtown Charlottesville and as a result of both the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle declaring a local state of emergency, the University of Virginia is cancelling all scheduled events and programming today (Saturday) effective at noon. This cancellation includes all academic programming, the scheduled community discussions taking place in the University Libraries, and all UVA Athletic events and programming. The University is monitoring the developments in Charlottesville and continues to coordinate with state and local law enforcement.
The governor of Virginia has issued a state of emergency in Charlottesville as tensions between the racists and counter-protesters boiled over.
In addition to fans getting a chance to meet members of the football team, representatives from Virginia’s other fall sports were scheduled to be available. After the meet the team event, Virginia was originally scheduled to have a screening of “Beauty and the Beast” on the scoreboard inside Scott Stadium. The first 500 kids would have received a coupon for free ice cream. That event has also been scratched.
Virginia says both events have been canceled and no rescheduled dates have been announced.