MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Middletown public schools and Middletown police jointly announced that all home athletic events will be postponed on Wednesday.
Officials stated that this postponement was made out of an abundance of caution following a fight that broke out at the end of the varsity boy’s basketball game on Tuesday night. The game was between Middletown and Weaver high schools, and one staff member reported minor injuries as a result of it.
They also stated that Middletown police were made aware of a “rumored threat of retaliation,” according to the press release.
“We never want to see acts of violence and those are always concerning,” said Glenn Lungarini, CIAC executive director.
While police said they deemed the threat to be unsubstantiated, the school has opted to postpone home games anyway.
School officials also asked that students and families come forward if they hear or see something concerning. They encourage children to speak to a trusted adult, a school administrator, or the Middletown Police Department.
This fight marks the second one in a week to happen at a Connecticut high school basketball game. On Monday, a fight started between Bassick and Wilbur Cross high school players.
“We are confident in the ability of our schools and those administrators to work together to address the behavior and hopefully prevent it from happening in the future,” Lungarini said.
Lungarini says the well-being of all athletes and students remains a top priority.
“Our students are letting us know that they are struggling,” said Leslie Blatteau, President of the New Haven Federation of Teachers. “They are letting us know by their disengagement. They are letting us know, a small group of them, by some of the violent outbursts that we’re seeing both in our classrooms, our hallways, and at school events. We have to pay attention to what our students are telling us and we have to make sure our students’ needs are met.”
Preeti Sandhu, a pediatric psychologist from Connecticut Children’s, said aggression can stem from being in a pandemic, but also said that people need to hold each other accountable.
“I think we can appreciate there’s been a lot of pent-up feelings, energy and aggression that’s been building up, and we want to get it out, and if this is your senior year, you have one year to really make a mark for yourself,” she said.
Middletown police and school officials said that they are continuing to work together in order to investigate the fight and take appropriate action. If you would like more information on this topic, the police ask you to contact Jessie B. Lavorgna at email@example.com or at (860) 661-6239 (call or text).