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Brawl Ensues After High School Football Game

Police say fights broke out between West Essex and James Caldwell High School students after Saturday's game.

A local football rivalry turned ugly Saturday when teens from opposing high schools got in a brawl shortly after a close game.

Police say a large fight broke out in the parking lot of Chipotle in West Caldwell after the James Caldwell High School varsity home game against West Essex ended with the Caldwell Chiefs losing, 17-14, in the final seconds.

Three teens face charges and police say additional charges are pending. The boys, who have not been identified because they are minors, could also face disciplinary action at school.

Police officers from West Caldwell, assisted by Caldwell, North Caldwell, Essex Fells and Fairfield, spent more than an hour on the scene trying to break up the large and unruly crowd. 

Before the Chipotle fight, police responded to the intersection of Lane Avenue and Park Street and found a group of students from both schools. Several students reported being assaulted, according to police.

Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools Superintendent James Heinegg said, according to a recent ruling, schools may take disciplinary action in incidents that occur off school grounds if there is a connection "between the student’s conduct and the orderly administration of the school.” 

Heinegg said, "Once we receive a final report about this particular event, we will analyze the situation based on that test and proceed accordingly."

Sahara Coleman September 30, 2012 at 05:49 PM
TO ROSA first of all before the Chipotle incident it was a 2 on 1 on Lane if you weren't aware and 2nd of all they did post videos and tweets abt both incidents which i saw and have therefore i can point the finger at West Essex Thank You =) Next time u outta make sure u have all ur lil facts together before making a comment
Sahara Coleman September 30, 2012 at 05:57 PM
To CE the so called brawl did not occur because of personal problems the girls didnt even know each other, West Essex girls tried picking on something that they thought they can bully which is unacceptable so in my opinion is does reflect bad sportsmanship/support for those involved which makes the school look bad even though thats unfair
Sahara Coleman September 30, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I agree with u Teri but on the other side something should be done to the ones that behave in this manner, these are things that happen but they need to be dealt with so that the next time they will think abt it twice before acting this way again, how unfair is it for the kids that just want to go watch the game and support their school to get picked on or hit etc etc, we have to protect our kids no matter which way u look at it if they were adults it would be considered a crime and dealt with in a diffrent fashion
Sahara Coleman September 30, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Igor on that note i agree with u however i think u might have seen an edited video the one i saw it was more like 3 on one yeah
Sahara Coleman September 30, 2012 at 08:08 PM
@ Annie FYI the first fight had nothing to do with football a few west essex girls picked on a girl they thought they can bully cause she was small and pretty im sure if she was a bigger girl they would not have did that they were walking behind her asking if she wanted to fight for no reason and she said no and both west essex girls hit the girl but guess what she defended herself well to their surprise and the same 2 girls along with others from west essex tweeted abt what they did and thought it was so funny its a shame and a cowardly act to jump someone just because if the shoe was on the other foot im sure they would feel the same way, I do hope the school is notified and are taking action this is totally unacceptable

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