BETHLEHEM — School district officials are investigating a fight that broke out during the third quarter of the boys basketball home game against Averill Park on Friday, Jan. 25.
“We are concerned and disappointed to see this kind of behavior unfold during a game. We hold all student-athletes to the highest standards of sportsmanship, good judgment, and personal responsibility,” said Superintendent Jody Monroe in a statement on the district website. “We continue to work with our athletics office and high school leaders to examine what happened on Friday night and are prepared to take additional follow-up action as needed,” said Monroe.
Video via Mark Edmonds’ Facebook page.
A player for each team was ejected from the game, and they each received an automatic one-game suspension.
Bethlehem school officials are also following disciplinary procedures in accordance with the school’s Code of Conduct, according to the statement.
The fight began on the court and moved to a corner of the gymnasium near the bleachers at Bethlehem High School before being broken up.
The district’s ongoing investigation includes review of security footage, team videos, interviews with team members and coaching staff and game official’s report of the incident.
Bethlehem went on to win the game 64-51 to remain undefeated in the Suburban Council.
More information as it becomes available.