Tornado Warning Evacuates Perry Hall High Homecoming Game

The football game has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

UPDATE (8:57 p.m.)—A heavy thunderstorm cut Perry Hall High School's homecoming celebration short.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning over parts of Baltimore County, including Perry Hall and Kingsville, Friday evening.

Following a parade and community tailgate party, shortly before 7 p.m., Principal George Roberts led students and community members inside of the school for cover, officers at the White Marsh police precinct confirmed.

The Perry Hall football team was originally scheduled to play against Woodlawn at 7 p.m.

Amid heavy rain and lightning, police directed crowds and traffic.

After 7:40 p.m., a steady stream of vehicles filed in and out of the high school's parking lot along Ebenezer Road. Dozens of wet students, still wearing their sports uniforms, blue and gold face paint and decorated T-shirts, waited for rides at the school's side entrance. Others sat inside the school's auditorium, chatted with friends, danced and played games to pass the time.

Assistant principal Stephen Arnold confirmed that the football game against Woodlawn had been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

Check Patch for updates.

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Mark October 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM
way to stay on top of things, Emily! You're doing great and we appreciate you!
Emily Kimball (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Thanks so much for reading, Mark!
JD1 October 20, 2012 at 02:05 AM
This school should win an award for they way that they handle potentially catastrophic situations. They couldn't have handled this event any better. They moved hundreds of people from the stands and parking lot safely indoors and maintained order throughout the entire event. Students were orderly and just rolled with the situation. The step squad even gave an impromptu performance. i did have to laugh when i witnessed a pair of adults/parent accosting a teacher wondering how they could get a refund for their ticket (after chowing down on free food during the school sponsored tailgate party - pathetic). i believe the quote was "i didnt pay five dollars to stand in a damn gym.". And we wonder where the kids learn how to act like idiots... Anyway - Great job PHHS staff, admin and the Baltimore County police for handling the situation. Looking forward to Monday night's game.
chsmm1 October 20, 2012 at 02:43 PM
to bad people were upset about 5$... just consider it a donation to the HS booster club
FIFA October 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I'm surprised they didn't ask for a rain check for Monday night. Oops, they probably did or will say they paid already.
Kate hardiek October 20, 2012 at 03:21 PM
although we missed the game we had a lot of fun with step squad and hanging out with our friends
TLM October 20, 2012 at 07:33 PM
FYI - According to the automated phone message from Mr. Arnold, tickets from Friday's postponed game will be honored at Monday's game or the varsity football game on Friday, Nov. 2 against Hereford.
VWK October 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I agree with JD1. Perry Hall High has been put to the test this year! Even though I wasn't there, from what I've read and heard, the whole situation was handled wonderfully. Once again, thank you to Perry Hall staff and administration as well as Baltimore County police. You always come through for our kids.


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