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Superintendent: Pepper spray used to disperse crowds after a fight during Euclid High School football game

Following Euclid police breaking up a fight inside the game, the superintendent confirms that a gun was discharged in the parking lot of the school

EUCLID, Ohio — On Saturday, Euclid Schools Superintendent Christopher Papouras addressed several "disturbances" that took place during a Friday night football game between Euclid High School and Cleveland Heights High School. 

In a letter, Papouras says that "multiple disturbances" occurred at the hands of "people who came to the game with wrong intentions." 

Papouras goes on to state that a fight involving two students initially broke out near the concession stand Friday evening, which caused Euclid Police Department officers to step in and disperse the crowd with pepper spray.

Patrons of the game were encouraged to stay in their seats as to not create a larger issue, which Papouras says "These measures were largely successful in mitigating any other physical confrontations for the balance of the event." 

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After this fight was broken up, the Euclid Schools superintendent says that a gun was discharged in the stadium parking lot. No one was injured as a result of the event and the weapon was later recovered. 

Today, Papouras is apologizing to the community and saying that an investigation will be done thoroughly by those in charge to punish any student involved.

"We regret that the disturbances leaked into the surrounding neighborhoods after the game. Over the next few days, a thorough investigation will be completed and we will support the high school administration in properly and fairly imposing consequences for the students who were at the center of this disturbance," Papouras says. 

Additionally, new guidelines for future games and events will be released in the coming days, including limiting attendance, presale tickets, and more restrictive measures. 

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates. 


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