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Arrests, injuries few in brawl after high school football game

SUWANEE -- Moments after Collins Hill High School students rushed the home football turf of rival Peachtree Ridge on Friday night, a brawl involving about 150 students broke out, requiring a response of more than 20 police officers and Sheriff's Department deputies to restore the peace, police said.

Despite the dust-up's magnitude, no arrests were documented, only one person was hospitalized, and rumors of a stabbing and subsequent brawl at a nearby McDonald's appear to be unfounded, authorities said Monday.

As officers arrived at the chaotic scene near a student parking lot, they reportedly found 150 students either actively fighting or watching.

When police would squelch one fight, another would start a few yards away. One officer reported being punched in the back of his head but was not seriously injured; an 18-year-old male was transported to an area hospital with a knee injury, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

Responding police "are assuming that these kids were probably all students at one school or another," Smith said. "I don't have anything that (suggests) it was a school-versus-school fight."

School officials said standard precautions for any big rivalry game -- extra police, additional administrators, detailed plans for ushering teams on and off the field -- were in place long before the Collins Hill Eagles rolled over the Lions 41-10. Smith said five officers worked the game as a side job.

"In spite of these types of plans, we did experience a few fan-related issues," said Gwinnett Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach. "These types of incidents are a concern for us."

Full stadiums and tense atmospheres are par for the course when the Eagles and Lions square off. The rivalry was created when Peachtree Ridge opened in 2003, taking students from the Collins Hill cluster. The air was especially charged Friday, after Peachtree Ridge had won on a last-second touchdown last year. Though a PA announcer warned against it, the Collins Hill student body rushed the field when the final whistle was blown about 9:45 p.m.

Two officers noticed students bolting up a hill to the parking lot and followed them. Upon seeing the crowd, they called for back-up, and deputies listening on the same radio channel also responded, Smith said.

Rumors permeated message boards that someone had been stabbed in a related event off-campus, but Smith said police records indicate that did not happen. Officers did respond to reports of a fight at a nearby Waffle House at 11:30 p.m. but found no active fighting among the more than 40 Collins Hill fans who'd spilled there from the game, Smith said.

Smith said police records show no arrests were made, though its possible juveniles were held and turned over to parents. A parent called police the next day to report her son had been "jumped" at the school, but no report was filed, Smith said.

Roach said school resource officers made no arrests, but she'd received information that two juveniles may have been arrested.

"If they verify there were indeed students who were involved in fighting, that is something administrators will follow up on" for disciplinary purposes, Roach said.

Education reporter Frank Reddy and sports writer Brandon Brigman contributed to this report.

Comments

Motor76 1 year, 6 months ago

Ridiculous. They're football teams not GANGS you idiots. It's a GAME. It should be FUN for Christ sakes. I cry for our future.

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HonestIngine 1 year, 6 months ago

Wrong, Each school has their GANGS, just ask your kids...

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ridgeparent1912 1 year, 6 months ago

THERE arent any gangs in the Northern Suburbs...Please!!

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Eaglesroc_1 1 year, 6 months ago

Are you kidding me?? There are gangs, even at PR!!

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news2me 1 year, 6 months ago

Is this sarcasm or denial? SMH and LMAO, either way!

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JDEAGLE 1 year, 6 months ago

Most of the problems began a few years back when PR students lured a CH player to a party, which was only a setup for a severe beating. It's only increased from there.

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Wyoming1 1 year, 6 months ago

No surprises here people, its the thug and gangzta lifestyle these individuals see in entertainment. They are just imitating it. If their parents would be more of a influence in their lives, than say mtv or bet. These things would not happen. But our society has come to this low level. I know some will catch feelings over my comments. But i am not here to make friends, but to tell the truth.

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ridgeparent1912 1 year, 6 months ago

Dont know whats going on at Collins Hill, but i agree..its the rap and gangsta lifestyle these kids(white and black) are imitating.

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11Bravo2P 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm not even a little bit surprised. I have been going to watch my kids & my sister's kids play football and cheerlead in Gwinnett since 1995. The schools and the police do almost nothing to control the kids. Sure, there are administrators up in the stands and cops clustered in the end zones. But, they don't keep an eye on the kids hanging on to the railings or under the bleachers. The kids will cram into a big mass at the railings. It becomes sort of like a mosh pit mentality. They let them behave however they want for the three hours of the game, so why should they suddenly expect them to all be calm when the game ends? I watched a hoard of kids in Parkview rec jerseys (the middle-school football players) go charging through the crowds, knocking into people in their way on the visitors side during the recent Brookwood game. No one did anything to stop them. That is just a tiny example. Shame on the kids for misbehaving. But, more to the point, shame on the administrators for turning a blind eye. Shame on them for letting a pack mentality take hold.

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teelee 1 year, 6 months ago

Every year we (USA) lose more and more of our civility. Can you imagine something like this in the 1950's?

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tressag5 1 year, 6 months ago

we sure kept them in their place back then...

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BuzzG 1 year, 6 months ago

You do not see this type of thing coming from the parents and students of private schools. One more reason to advance the cause of school choice. And our best school choice option now is private schools for those who can afford them and charter schools for those who can not.

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allie2325 1 year, 6 months ago

You Sound Stupid Private Schools Charter Schools Tf, Ummmmm, This Is The Real World Stop Hiding Your Kids From Learning & Seeing Us Rep Our School If Your Underustood All Rude Talking And Disrespectful Things That Went On All Of Last Week. This Is Life Don't Be Dumb Gosh It's What We Do La

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NewsReader 1 year, 6 months ago

What? Somebody want to translate all this BS for the rest of us?

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blueyesol 1 year, 6 months ago

The first sentence of this article is misleading... "Moments after Collins Hill High School students rushed the home football turf of rival Peachtree Ridge on Friday night, a brawl involving about 150 students broke out,"

The CH students did rush the field, but the brawl happened in the parking lot at the top of the hill simultaneously, not on the football field where the students were and, immediately after patting the football players on the back they left the field. There were NO incidents on the field from the CH student section.

Additionally, the statement in this article "Though a PA announcer warned against it, the Collins Hill student body rushed the field when the final whistle was blown about 9:45 p.m." I guess I should pull the film up from last year where the Peachtree Ridge kids rushed the field when they won...

Actions like the kids rushing the field or planting a tree with cement in the base on the 50-yard line are good clean fun....no one is injured. It just amazes me how the media reports one sided info when both of the student bodies were responsible for the antics that went on that night!

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Motor76 1 year, 6 months ago

It's not who was at fault, It's that it even happened at all. These kids are just animals with no sense of respect for others around them.

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Don 1 year, 6 months ago

Teelee, back in the 50's it was called a "rumble". In the 60's there was several good rivalies that all had rumbles before and after the games.

Blueyesol ,so what is misleading in the wording or "Moments" that word lead me to believe it was not immediately but rather a few minutes later. Oh, and you are surprised on how the media is one sided! Wake up and look at the coverage on the presidential election.

Bottom line is this has been going on for years in high school football but someone got hurt when a goal post was torn down and now the schools are concerned with a lawsuit. Heck half of the things I did as a kid that was considedered good clean fun would wind most kids up in jail today.

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irishmafia116 1 year, 6 months ago

"school resources officers" what a joke, super over paid golf cart driving let me see your pass and no smoking attendees. Wonder if the public realizes that they are paid a lot more than the Gwinnett County real police? Then if something happens at school the real police are called. And oh yeah the booster clubs have to pay for off duty police and sheriffs to patrol games becuase the "resource officers" don't work at night or the weekends

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chasmcjr 1 year, 6 months ago

It's not that the SROs are overpaiid, it's that Gwinnett officers are severly UNDERPAID. And yes, SRO don't work nights and weekends because their primary duty is schools which happen to be in session DURING THE DAY. And by the way, the sros at the games are paid the same rate of pay as all the oher off duty officers working the games

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 6 months ago

i may be mistaken but i think SRO start around 60 to 70 k.....

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

I sure hope that you are... START?

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Eaglesroc_1 1 year, 6 months ago

@ Don, Mr. Green is biased, yes the media can be one sided, as I read the article, I took it as the CH students were the cause..yes, they were asked to not run on the field, so was the PR students last year! SO WHAT!!!! This is football, it was a huge game, I wanted to hug each one of those kids, they ran on and congratulated our team and got off in minutes!! Every school has a few bad "seeds", even the "private" schools! Gasp!! Articles like these only inflame the situation, if there ever was one!

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Motor76 1 year, 6 months ago

Hey Eaglesroc... you my friend...are part of the problem. "Oh, it's OK if we do it 'cause they did it last year" is not a mature response. How about we rise above and obey the rules instead of hug the rule breakers. As I said before, I cry for our future.

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Gwinnettsince1991 1 year, 6 months ago

Dear Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill students and parents- you were once "one" and now you are two. But each has the ability to do the right thing. I ask that you be adults, which you are supposed to be growing into, and not the impulsive teens we often see portrayed on reality tv. A high school football game is just that. Trust me, your life will have more important challenges than this. Time to grow up and do the right thing.

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