GARFIELD HEIGHTS -- The school district released a statement Tuesday morning regarding the brawl that occurred Friday night during the Garfield Heights-Collinwood football game.
District officials say 11 students in all -- 7 football players and 4 high school non-athlete students -- will face varying levels of consequences "...for their respective involvement in Friday night's altercation with players from visiting Collinwood High School."
"The 4 non-athlete high school students are being reprimanded per Garfield Heights City Schools Board Policy. Five of the seven football players will be dealt with appropriately per the student handbook and the athletic department's policy for sportsmanship and good conduct."
"The other two individuals were suspended by the referees for their involvement, and are subject to Ohio High School Athletic Association consequences."
"The Garfield Heights City Schools does not tolerate such behavior and is moving swiftly to deal with these students. The Garfield Heights City Schools would like to thank all of the individuals who acted quickly to prevent further escalation of this isolated incident Friday evening. Preventative measures from a security aspect are currently being reviewed and finalized prior to Friday night's football game. The Garfield Heights City Schools continues to make safety and security its top priority for all, and will actively promote good sportsmanship between its players and visiting competitors."
Late Friday, a message was posted on the school district's website:
"During the 3rd quarter of the Garfield Heights City Schools home football game against visiting Collinwood High School, a series of altercations in the stands and on the field, ultimately led to the cancellation of the contest during this inaugural week of the fall high school season. At this time, no one was reported to be injured as a result of the altercation, and local and neighboring safety and security officials arrived immediately on the scene to clear the football field and the stands. Specifically, an incident broke out in the stands and was followed by an altercation between the opposing teams on the field. Because the safety and security of every person who attends co-curricular activities at the Garfield Heights City Schools is of the utmost importance, district officials, game officials and security personnel made the decision to cancel the game instantaneously. Local officials took appropriate actions, and the community can rest assured knowing that those students of the Garfield Heights City Schools who were involved will be swiftly and appropriately dealt with by the district. "