Saturday, January 29, 2011

CMS to take action Monday after fight at E. Meck

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools athletics director Vicki Hamilton said school officials will wait until Monday to decide on what action to take following Friday’s incident during the Butler at East Mecklenburg basketball doubleheader.

Following a blowout win by Butler’s girls, a parent of a Butler High starter was arrested after getting into a fight with a school resource officer. The incident was captured on video by WCNC, Channel 36, which was at the game filming highlights for its “Friday Night Frenzy” highlights show.

According to reports from the game and the video, a fight broke out between the father and the officer. Then the man’s wife jumped in, along with the daughter, and began hitting the officer on the head.

Sources say the incident started after the officer asked the player to sit on the Butler side of the gym. Several East Mecklenburg girls' players transferred to Butler this season and the schools have a long rivalry.

Hamilton said with school being out and the police report (as of early Saturday) not written, it would be hard to sort through all the information necessary to address the situation.

Hamilton said school officials will meet Monday and determine what action to take.

- Langston Wertz Jr.