Middletown school officials postpone home sporting events following basketball game fight

School officials: Students and adult spectators involved
Sports postponed after fight at basketball game
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 9:08 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2023 at 4:50 PM EST
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MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) - Public school officials in Middletown announced that all home athletic events scheduled for Wednesday were postponed in the wake of a fight that broke out at a basketball game the day before.

They cited fears, though unsubstantiated, of retaliation.

School officials in Middletown said a staff member suffered minor injuries from the fight on Tuesday.

They said the fight followed a varsity boys basketball game between Middletown and Weaver high schools.

A spokesperson for Middletown Public Schools said student-athletes engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct, which ultimately sparked the fight.

The incident involved both adult spectators and students, school officials confirmed.

“The fact that it even happened is sad. The fact that there were parents involved even sadder. And from what I hear it just sounded like it was bad sportsmanship on maybe both parts,” said Debbie Ahern of Middletown.

A parent who did not want to be on camera but was at the game last night said punches were thrown and it was out of control.

Middletown police said they have been reviewing video footage of the incident to see if arrests are warranted. In addition, school officials said they will make sure appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken.

The school’s crisis team, additional staff, and a police presence were added to Middletown High School on Wednesday.

The district also said if students hear or see something concerning they should tell a trusted adult, school administrator or Middletown police immediately.

Here’s the statement on the events postponement from Middletown Public Schools:

Middletown school officials postpone games after basketball brawl
School officials say a staff member sustained minor injuries after a fight broke out after a high school basketball game in Middletown.