Fight breaks out at game, DPS says no fans at Friday games

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Tuesday night, another fight broke out at a Dayton Public School (DPS) basketball game. The Ponitz Career Technology Center’s basketball team was playing against Dunbar High School when an altercation between what appears to be two people happened and later grew to a larger group.

This video was posted on Twitter after the incident:

Wednesday evening, DPS officials released the following statement about the altercation:

… we determined the incident significant enough to enact our new protocol that was shared in early December 2015.

All city league games played on Friday, January 8, will be played with the teams, officials and coaches only. (No spectators.) This is only for this Friday’s games, which are: Dunbar at Stivers, Belmont at Thurgood Marshall, and Meadowdale at Ponitz.

We welcome fans back on Saturday, January 9, and look forward to a safe and orderly conclusion to the season.

we determined the incident significant enough to enact our new protocol that was shared in early December 2015.

All city league games played on Friday, January 8, will be played with the teams, officials and coaches only. (No spectators.) This is only for this Friday’s games, which are: Dunbar at Stivers, Belmont at Thurgood Marshall, and Meadowdale at Ponitz.

We welcome fans back on Saturday, January 9, and look forward to a safe and orderly conclusion to the season.

Parents 2 NEWS spoke with say they want to see the fighting come to an end.

“Somebody could have got hurt,” Khristy Loper, of Riverside said. “They were up tin the stands.Somebody could have fell, somebody could have got hurt, somebody could have landed on a kid.”

Ponitz mom, Talisha Hawkins also has her own concerns. “They’re too distracted with thinking fighting is more popular than going to and enjoy some basketball game and some real good competition.”

For Charles Gunn, of Dayton, he’s not as shocked. He described why, “I worked around as a custodian. I worked around the high schools for 30 years and I noticed the change and it’s bad, it’s not good.”

Less than a month ago, DPS said if one more fight broke out, spectators were out too and instead only players, coaches, and referees would attend the game.

They said there would be more security, more administrators. Dayton police officers would be present, according to officials.
Additionally, officials promised suspended students could not attend a game and that students outside the district had to have identification to get in.

But despite these precautions and protocols, another fight did happen, and this time witnesses report seeing a gun as the fight moved to the parking lot.

Grandfather of a Ponitz student thought of some solutions to help.

William Johnson thinks, “… the school, they must have discipline in the schools and I think maybe they should do a better job of screening the people that come to the games.”

As for Daytonian, Michelle Tanner, she’s not sure what should happen next.

“I really don’t know what they can do to get rid of the situation, like I said, more security. They need to screen more carefully who’s coming in and out of the games.”

Of most of the parents and adults 2 NEWS spoke with, they say it’s often people outside the district who bring in the fighting. They want change.

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