CLEVELAND — A report released to 3News by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District revealed more details about a fight that led to no spectators allowed at a football game.
According to the report, a crow of at least 60 people gathered outside of Collinwood High School on Thursday, Sept. 1. Multiple attempts by security to disperse the crowd ultimately ended in a call to the Cleveland Division of Police for backup controlling what were described as "multiple fights."
Three female students, one male student, and an undisclosed number of adults were involved in the scuffle, according to the report. The students were suspended for five days while the adults involved have not been identified.
You can read the full report below; the students' names have been redacted since they are under the age of 18:
Consequently, CMSD locked the gates to spectators for the football rivalry matchup between Collinwood and East Cleveland Shaw the following evening due to "high tensions," with the Cardinals eventually beating the Railroaders 60-0. Two weeks later, 3News spoke to Collinwood parents, fans, and alumni who watched this Friday's game against Glenville from the now reopened stands.
"I was upset, but I was also happy that the kids were safe at the same time," one mom said of the decision to keep fans out. "I'm definitely against violence in schools and I feel like we should have more security in place."
Overall, parents we talked to were mostly indifferent about what's fair to others who weren't involved in the violence but kept out of the game.
I think the parents should at least [be able to] come in, be able to watch their kids play," one fan told us.
"I'd rather my son have no spectators than to be hurt," another Collinwood High School father told us.
And all agreed that the violence and the consequences paid are a lesson to the community.
"It can make everybody slow down and really think about [how] when you've got violence and stuff like that, it affects everybody," another parent said.
3News reached out to CMSD for additional comment and are waiting for a response. The adults involved will be criminally charged when they are identified, according to the report.