CMS reviewing security after fight at basketball game

CMS reviewing security after fight at basketball game


by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on January 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 31 at 7:51 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – CMS is reviewing security after a fight involving a student, parents and police is caught on tape.

Now, the student involved has been suspended from school for at least ten days while her dad is charged with assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct.

The fight happened Friday at East Mecklenburg High School at the end of a boys’ basketball game against archrival Butler High School.

The student is a basketball player from the Butler girls’ team who was in the crowd with her parents.

When it comes to game security and protecting against fights, high school principals make the call.

Student Kiana Anderson says Friday, the edict was clear - East Meck fans on one side of the gym and Butler fans on the other.

"My boyfriend goes to Butler, they told us me on one side and he had to go to the other side," she says.

That's what Ernest Owens says got him upset - and in a fight with a CMPD officer.

Owens says his daughter, Butler star basketball player Aliyah Kilpatrick, had permission from the East Meck principal to go to the other side of the gym and say hi to a former coach.

Kilpatrick transferred from East Meck to Butler this year.

Owens says police apparently thought his daughter stayed on the East Meck side too long.

We asked CMS if the principal made people sit on opposite sides, but gave Kilpatrick permission to visit that coach.

They said no comment.

"I think it was wrong. Any other time it didn't matter. It was wrong for them to tell that one girl because people from Butler were also on the East Meck side," Anderson said.

You can see Kilpatrick join the fight. She's the one in all red - and apparently slapping an officer in the head.

Owens says his daughter just reacted to him being in a fight.

Now, she's suspended from Butler and the basketball team for at least ten days.

Owens is charged with assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct.

By phone Monday, Owens says he was wrong.

He says a combination of some hard feelings for his daughter’s old school, plus the apparent permission his daughter had to be on the other side of the gym and resulting confrontation just boiled over.

Students say Owens was wrong too.

"It's ridiculous that parents do that. You'd expect it from students, but if the parents are going to do it they don't need to go to the games," said student Tiffany Freeman.

CMS met for hours on this Monday. However, no new security changes were announced.

CMS says the fight is still under investigation.