Girls basketball brawl sends 6 to hospital, gets team suspended
A fight between the girls basketball teams of Newark’s American History magnet high school and Roselle sent at least six people to the hospital and ended the Bald Eagles season.
Newark Public Schools press secretary Dreena Whitfield told NJ Advance Media that the fight began when a American History player was fouled in the second quarter on Feb. 9 and then punched a Roselle player, leading to a fight that cleared the benches of both teams and brought spectators from the stands to join the brawl.
“All students involved in the incident from American History have been disciplined, the girls basketball season has been suspended and the team will remain on probation for the next year,” Whitfield said. “We are also working with the Newark Police Department on their investigation.”
Newark Police told the news organization they are looking at surveillance footage from the incident as part of the investigation.
In a statement, the NJSIAA said it is "currently gathering reports and information and based on that process, NJSIAA will take appropriate action."
Reached by New Jersey 101.5, Roselle public school superintendent Dr. Kevin West's office would not comment on the incident as it remains under investigation. Whitfield has not yet returned a message from New Jersey 101.5.
The fight was just a few days after an incident in the locker room following a tense boys high school hockey game between Howell and Manasquan in which referees claim they were assaulted by a parent after the game. Referee Brown filied a criminal complaint against the parents he said attacked him. One of the parents, Anthony Gallicchio, claims Brown was the aggressor and has filed a criminal complaint as well.
American History High School is a charter school established in 2007 in the University Heights section of Newark. According to its website, ranked in the top 15 charter schools in the country.