CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The student section at a high school football game was emptied out last Friday night after students were engaging in disruptive behavior, according to the school principal.
Officials will be keeping a close eye on those same Ardrey Kell HIgh School fans as they head to the Friday night football game at Providence High School.
At Ardrey Kell's last football game against William A. Hough High School students were forced to leave the student section during the third quarter.
In a statement, principal David Switzer, principal of Ardrey Kell High School says "there were several reasons for this decision."
Switzer says there were "a significant number of students who were intoxicated, high on drugs, cussing at other students, spitting and throwing items at our band, chanting inappropriate cuss words, shouting racial comments towards other students, vaping, and physically abusing their peers."
He also says that while the school administration is aware that not all of the students in the student section were taking part in the activities, those who were 'created an unsafe environment for everyone and action needed to be taken."
The statement made clear that this behavior will not be tolerated and the principal asked parents to "support to reinforce this expectation with your child."
FOX 46 reached out to Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools about precautions going into tonight's game.
Officials said in a statement: “The district always utilizes appropriate security measures as warranted to maintain a safe school environment and activities."
Ardrey Kelly High School is ranked the 13th best high school in the state of North Carolina, according to U.S. News' high school rankings.