By David Howell
The Mississippi Supreme Court overturned an order from Chancellor Mitch Lundy restricting school-sponsored outdoor activities Friday afternoon.
Lunday had issued a temporary restraining order Thursday that prohibited football, band and other activities from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. In this order, Judge Lundy referenced a heat advisory issued by the National Weather Bureau that pointed to temperatures over 100 degrees during the next several days.
Counties included in Lundy’s restraining order included five of the six counties in the Third Judicial District of the State. These counties included Desoto, Tate, Panola, Yalobusha and Montgomery counties. His order did not include Grenada County, in which Judge Lundy resides. Grenada County is also in the Third Judicial District. His order was overturned after the Mississippi High School Activities Association filed an order on Friday morning.
The association was joined by school systems in the affected counties, which included DeSoto County, Panola County, Montgomery County, Winona, Senatobia and Water Valley.
The Mississippi Private School Association also joined the petition.
Water Valley School District Superintendent told the Herald earlier Friday that his district would join the petition, and that the order should be reversed by the end of the day.
Judge Lundy told the Clarion Ledger that he issued his order out of a concern for children after hearing of the death of Mount Olive football player Lonnie Magee.
Magee perished Wednesday from a heat stroke during football practice.
By David Howell