A middle school football brawl involving parents last Thursday, Oct. 17, has sparked a Kanawha County School Board investigation. Although the investigation is still ongoing, the school board has already given punishments to several parents, which include prohibiting them from attending future school athletic events for the remainder of the year.
It was the last thing many spectators expected at a middle school football game. Parents stormed the field, fighting after the Elkview Middle School vs. Cedar Grove Middle School football game.
"It was her, she threw a helmet at my son," said one parent in the video obtained by 13 News.
"This helmet never left my hand," said another parent in the same video.
Now, Cedar Grove Middle School, Elkview Middle School and the Kanawha County School Board have handed out punishments to both parents and students.
"Individuals have been sanctioned, such that they are no longer permitted to attend middle school football games or athletic games," said Lou Maynus, the assistant superintendent of Kanawha County schools. "It's always disturbing when adults are not conducting themselves appropriately."
According to the Kanawha County Board of Education 'good sportsmanship policy,' recognizing good sportsmanship is more important than victory. Failure to act appropriately can result in direct sanctions for both students and parents.
"We're setting a bad example. We need to get out of here," said one parent in the video.
"The unsportsmanship behavior is absolutely inappropriate and it won't be tolerated," said Maynus.
The School Board is still investigating the incident. Maynus said more punishments will be given out if warranted.
Cedar Grove Middle School will file a police report. The school's principal said since the incident happened on school grounds and involved parents and students, it is a necessary safety precaution and will help the school determine what further actions are needed.
Officials from both schools spoke to the athletes immediately following the fight. Maynus said if fans, spectators or parents become too heated in future games, those around them should not engage. Instead, others should report the unruly behavior to school officials present.