UPDATE: Spectator Disciplined after Fight After Football Game

By: Anna Baxter, Michael Clouse Email
By: Anna Baxter, Michael Clouse Email

UPDATE 10/24/13 @ 11:20 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- At least one spectator will face disciplinary action after a fight broke out at the end of the Elkview-Cedar Grove football game last week.

Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring tells WSAZ.com the investigation is still underway, but one spectator has been banned from school activities for the rest of the school year. Duerring would not confirm if the person disciplined was a parent.

The fight happened last Thursday night. Kanawha County Metro 911 received two calls about 8 p.m. about a fight at Cedar Grove Middle School.

The fight wasn't between players, but parents. The fight was caught on cellphone and the video shows several parents rushing the field and punches were thrown.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com about 20 parents were part of the brawl which we're told started when one parent shoved a child. One person was even hit with a helmet.

By the time sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene the fight had ended.



ORIGINAL STORY
CEDAR GROVE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friday afternoon, the football field at Cedar Grove Middle School looked torn apart. It was filled with scars of a gridiron battle from Thursday night, both on the field and off.

A football game between Cedar Grove and Elkview that started as a thriller ended in disaster.

Following the game, parents began to fight.

One woman we spoke with was at the game watching her grand-daughter cheer. She asked us not to identify her.

"I heard somebody yelling from the other side of the field," said the woman.

Those words what quickly turned into fists of rage.

"He had some filthy language, he said, you know, 'I'll kill him, I'll kill em all.'" said the woman. "He said, 'nobody's gonna come up behind me and jump on me.'"

As almost two dozen parents rushed the field, several calls were made to Metro 911, sending officers speeding to the scene.

However, in the few minutes it took them to arrive, punches were thrown, kicks were connected and one woman even hit a man with a helmet.

"There was a gang of them up there, and this one guy had this other guy down and was beating him," said the woman.

The woman we spoke with frantically went searching for her grand-daughter. When she found her, they took off!

"A lot of the girls were crying," said the woman. "The little girls was crying; the cheerleaders and stuff. I said, 'there's nothing to be afraid of. We're going home.'"

It was a sad ending to a situation that nobody truly won.

"The kids can't have fun, you know, for the parents acting the way they do," said the woman, "because it's for the kids."

By the time officers showed up, things had calmed down.

West Virginia State Police is working the case.


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