UPDATE (WKOW) -- A big rivalry turned violent when Madison high school football players started throwing punches on the field. District officials say the fight is under investigation and they're working to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"It was a game between West and Memorial, a closely contested game between two longtime school rivals," Madison Metropolitan School District Safety Coordinator Luis Yudice tells 27 News.
Video shows punching and pushing between the players, before they're pulled apart and the field calms down. It erupted as the teams came together to shake hands.
"After that, a lot of people spill out of the stadium from the stands," Madison Police Spokesman Joel DeSpain says. He says a few unrelated fights broke out in the parking lot and almost 30 police officers were there to make sure it didn't get out of control.
"That sucked almost every police officer off the streets of Madison at that time," DeSpain says about how community police teams were pulled from the south and central districts to cover the post-game.
Now Madison school officials want to make sure a night like this doesn't ever happen again. "Certainly we are very concerned, primarily because it's not the norm for our school events and its not reflective of our athletic programs," Yudice says.
District administrators say they will be interviewing people and reviewing video so that can find out who exactly was involved in the fight on the field and what role they played.
Police say a few juveniles and one adult were cited in the parking lot. Police also responded to reports of girls smoking marijuana in a school bathroom. Police say a Verona High School student punched an officer during that incident and was arrested.
UPDATE (WKOW) -- Madison Police Spokesman Joel DeSpain says the large police presence at Thursday night's Memorial football game against West High School is the result of three separate incidents.
DeSpain says police responded to reports of girls smoking marijuana in a bathroom. He says one girl punched an officer in the head and was arrested.
He says police are not involved in the fight that broke out after the game on the football field between players.
Following the game, DeSpain says two middle school students began fighting after they bumped into each other. He says many officers were sent to the parking lot because there was such a large crowd, and football players were leaving the locker room. He says it appears this fight was separate from what happened on the field. A few people were cited for disorderly conduct.
MADISON (WKOW) -- About 200 people congregate in a parking lot leading to an eruption of fights.
According to the Madison Police Department, a fight broke out on the field during a football game between James Madison Memorial and West High Schools. This led to an eruption of fights in the parking lot where about 200 people had congregated.
About 27 police officers responded in emergency mode to the scene. When officers tried to detain a 13-year-old girl who was involved in the incident, her family members interfered with the officers and four people were cited and released.
The incident happened on the 200 block of South Gammon Road at Memorial High School about 10:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Eighteen-year-old Jasmine Williams was cited and released for disorderly conduct. Two juveniles were cited and released for disorderly conduct and one juvenile was cited and released for disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.
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