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Fight at Brick Football Rival Game Spurs Concern, New Policy

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Screenshots from video of a fight at a Brick high school rivalry football game. (Courtesy: WCBS)
Screenshots from video of a fight at a Brick high school rivalry football game. (Courtesy: WCBS)

A fight that broke out at a game between the Brick Township High School Dragons and Brick Memorial High School Mustangs last weekend “tarnished our image as a community,” Interim Superintendent Dennis Filippone said, but the district has plans to curtail incidents between the two schools.

Filippone said the district will now enforce a policy not to allow any “innapropriate saying” on signs or clothing items brought to games. Last week’s fight was traced by witnesses to fans of one of the football teams stealing a flag brought by fans of the other. There were also reportedly chants by Brick Township students saying they “own” the town because their side won the game.

“I know that we have great kids in this school district in both high schools, and I know they will come out of this as better people,” Filippone said. “We cannot fall into the trap of saying, ‘kids are kids.’ It is our job and our duty to do better than that.”

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Approximately 10 students were suspended over the fight, which was originally recorded on Snapchat but later saved and uploaded to other social media websites.

A lengthy discussion was spurred by the incident, with blame being placed in numerous areas.

“It’s the parents that have to control this,” said resident Nan Coll, to school board members. “You, alone, can do nothing. I think you need to call in the parents of all of those children.”

Former board member Larry Reid said the incident proves there should be more participation in extracurricular activities, instead of a backlash against school sports.

“I think it gives the student a chance to learn a chain of command, authority, teamwork and sportsmanship – all the things that are not taught in the classroom,” said Reid. “I think one of the problems is that we have students who aren’t involved in after-school activities and have a lot of time on their hands to be involved in social networking.”

Christian Brando, one of the student representatives to the board, said his classmates are already trying to mend fences.

“At the soccer game, both teams took a photo together to promote unity,” Brando said.


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  • john talty

    I was on the BOE 5 years ago when the two high School had a nasty incident. The BOE through the Superintend at that time moved the game to Saturday at 1 PM. Also the BOE approved a proposal where the Principals and vice principals attending the game would not be on the field watching game but be sitting in the sections where the students gather. If this was in place this past Saturday, It is my opinion that this incident with the students would in all likelihood not happened. In the past 4 years the schools used teacher monitors, along with some administrators to keep things in check. This was not done this past Saturday and Again Brick was embarrassed. Stop blaming the Parents. The solution was there if the Top Administrators were involved as they should have.

    • Hydra Trump

      when the annual changing of super intendants happens next year, maybe that one will do something!

  • Goodgrief

    What exactly does white look like…..does the no looting make it white?

  • Let’s Roll

    I’m surptised the dummies know how to spell four letter words.

  • Bob Gray

    Thanks for the comment, Jon Salonis.

  • Bob Gray

    Actually it’s liberal snowflakes who riot over a stupid flag.

  • Andy Pat

    Yes, these were dumb boys period. No need to point out they were white as race had nothing to do with the incident. You are as bad as those who constantly try to link crime committed by blacks to the fact that they are black. Crime, stupidity, violence, etc. unfortunately are fed by folks of all color.