Caught on tape: Fight breaks out at Harding-West Meck game

Caught on tape: Fight breaks out at Harding-West Meck game

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by Meghan Cooke / Charlotte Observer

Meghan Cooke / Charlotte Observer

Posted on January 8, 2011 at 12:16 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A varsity basketball game at West Mecklenburg High School was cancelled Friday night after a fight broke out in the stands just as the game was beginning.

The fight began between a small group of people but grew to include several others in the large crowd at the start of the boy's game between Harding University High and West Meck, said Randy Hagler, deputy chief of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools police.

When the fight got out of control, off-duty officers working the game, as well as other officers who responded to the fight, cleared the gym, Hagler said.

Five people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Hagler said none of those arrested were students, and there were no injuries in the fight.

Hagler said he wasn't sure why the fight began, but he said it appears the dispute had nothing to do with the game or the schools involved.

"They just chose the basketball game to argue," he said.

Hagler said CMS basketball games usually have four to eight off-duty officers working to provide security.

The game will be rescheduled.

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