Police: Racial slur leads to brawl at high school basketball game
Fight between fans caught on cameraUPDATED 12:40 AM HST Feb 04, 2014Video Transcript
TONIGHT...THE LATEST ON WHAT'S BEING CALLED "A BIG BRAWL" BETWEEN TWO VARSITY TEAMS. AUTHORITIES TELL US THIS THING LED TO AT LEAST TWO ARRESTS ... AND THREE OFFICERS HURT. THE FIGHT BROKE OUT AFTER A VARSITY BASKETBALL GAME FRIDAY NIGHT. AND POLICE TELL US IT STARED AFTER A RACIAL SLUR WAS SAID AFTER THE GAME. WYFF NEWS 4'S MANDY GAITHER WITH THE STORY ...AND THE VIDEO...FROM WARE SHOALS. ED FRY...ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND COACH AT TAMASSEE SALEM HIGH SCHOOL SAYS NO ONE ON HIS TEAM MADE A RACIAL SLUR... BUT THE POLICE REPORT SAYS ONE OF HIS PLAYERS CALLED A WARE SHOALS HIGH PLAYER THAT SLUR...AND IT'S WHAT LED TO A FIGHT...THAT STUDENTS SAY WAS CAUGHT ON CAMERA...IT WAS GOING AROUND SCHOOL TODAY...AND WE GOT A COPY TOO... THE REPORT SAYS AFTER THE FIRST PUNCH WAS THROWN EVERYBODY "CLEARED THE STANDS" AND A BIG BRAWL THE REPORT SAYS AFTER THE FIRST PUNCH WAS THROWN EVERYBODY "CLEARED THE STANDS" AND A BIG BRAWL BROKE OUT BETWEEN BOTH SCHOOLS AND THE FANS..OFFICERS TRYING TO BREAK THINGS UP.WERE HURT.ONE WAS KNOCKED TO THE GROUND AND HIT SEVERAL TIMES.A WOMAN IN THE STANDS WAS ALSO PUNCHED SEVERAL TIMES.. STUDENTS WHO WERE THERE SAY IT WAS DRAMATIC...AND CHAOTIC. it was a one point loss and i knew something was about to go down so i start walking towards the door and i turned back around and saw everybody fighting it was -- couldn't really pick out anybody it was just everybody trying to hit everybody it was just so many people I couldn't really tell what was going on because so many people scattered around TWO JUVENILES.INCLUDING A WARE SHOALS PLAYER WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND RELEASED TO THEIR PARENTS.MORE CHARGES ARE PENDING.ACCORDING TO THE REPORT. TAMASSEE-SALEM COACH ED FRY TOLD ME SEVERAL OF HIS PLAYERS WERE HURT...BUT SAID HE COULD NOT COMMENT ON THEIR INJURIES AT THIS TIME... THERE WAS A MEETING TODAY BETWEEN BOTH SCHOOLS AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE...WHICH OVERSEES HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS IN THIS STATE...DETAILS OF THAT MEETING HAVE NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC AT THIS TIME. MANDY GAITHER WYFF NEWS 4 IN WARE SHOALS. IN A STATEMENT TO WYFF NEWS 4...GREENWOOD DISTRICT 51 SUPERINTENDENT FAY SPROUSE TOLD US QUOTE.... WE ARE REGRETFUL AND EMBARRASSED BY THE BEHAVIOR OF A FEW OF OUR PLAYERS THAT OCCURRED JUST AFTER THE BASKETBALL BALLGAME FRIDAY NIGHT....ADMINISTRATORS HAVE RESPONDED ACCORDING TO GUIDELINES SET FORTH IN OUR STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT AND OUR STUDENT ATHLETES' HANDBOOK. CONSEQUENCES ARE HARSH FOR FIGHTING BECAUSE WE CAN'T AND WON'T TOLERATE THAT TYPE OF BEHAVIOR. OTHER CONSEQUENCES WILL BE APPLIED BY THE SC HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT.