A parent tells News 8 a fight following a tournament near Erie, PA involving a Rochester-linked team started with an altercation between a Rochester player and Erie parents.
News 8 was told that referees were not able to take control of the game and several verbal altercations led to a physical fight that started in the hallway and was moved into the gymnasium.
From that point, the scene escalated.
In a video obtained by WJET-TV of the fight at McDowell High School, you can see players from both teams fighting while coaches and parents try to break up the chaos.
News 8 learned that three players on the Rochester team attend East High. In a statement released on Tuesday, East High Superintendent Shaun Nelms released the following statement:
East school officials recently became aware of an altercation between students from several Section 5 schools following a travel basketball tournament in Erie, N.Y. over the weekend. While this was not an East sponsored or supported event, three East students were involved in this incident. Because this was a non-sanctioned school event, the adults who were present intervened immediately and called police for assistance. Behavior like this is not an acceptable way to resolve conflict.
The Rochester mother we spoke to told us that there was a lot of trash talk during the game and she feels the refs failed to diffuse the situation.
Millcreek Police are investigating the fight.