BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The McFarland Unified School District announced Tuesday that it is canceling all athletic events for the week of Oct. 11 because of “the rash of violence in and around the city.”

The school district said the cancellation includes Friday night’s football game at Robert F. Kennedy High School, which is the homecoming game for Robert F. Kennedy High School.

The decision follows the shooting in Delano on Monday that left two dead, none of the victims were McFarland students or staff, according to the school district.

The school district superintendent said in a news release:

I understand what athletics means to the MUSD community, especially MUSD’s student-athletes, but we must keep the safety of students, staff, and our community as the top priority. This decision was not easy, and I want to apologize to MUSD student-athletes and our opponents for the inconvenience.

McFarland Unified School District Superintendent Aaron Resendez