Basketball game's ending sparks brawl at Southampton H.S.

Posted: Updated:
WYANDANCH -

A brawl was captured on cellphone video Tuesday after referees ended a varsity basketball game early at Southampton High School. 

The Southampton School District says the melee started when a Wyandanch player was ejected and the team's coaches wouldn't leave the court. The referee called the game early, and that's when people in the gym started fighting.

But Wyandanch school officials say the brawl erupted when members of the Southampton community hurled racial slurs toward Wyandanch players and spectators.

"This is the thing we feel really kindled the fire, you know, there was a lot of N-words being said, and some people just lost their tempers," says Nathan Jackson, a spokesman for the Wyandanch School District.

The video shows punches and garbage cans being thrown during the wild scene. Police were called in to restore calm.

In a letter to parents, Southampton Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Dyno said, "There were no major injuries and all students are in school this morning. Our high school administration and security personnel have reviewed the security footage and other available video. At this time, no disciplinary action has been taken."

Deanna Eleazer, whose 16-year-old son plays on the Southampton team, says the district is downplaying the brawl. She says her cousin's 18-year-old son, a student at Southampton High, suffered a head injury.

Southampton Village Police also told News 12 that multiple people were hurt, and two were taken to the hospital.

Eleazer says the district didn't do enough to protect the players and spectators.

"I just hope that Southampton is going to push the issue and make sure that these people are apprehended and there's consequences for them," she said. 

News 12 made several calls to Wyandanch School District for comment but did not hear back. 

Police say the fight is under investigation and there may be arrests.
 

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Police: Gas station attendant stabbed in chest during Patchogue armed robbery

    Police: Gas station attendant stabbed in chest during Patchogue armed robbery

    Thursday, June 21 2018 5:34 AM EDT2018-06-21 09:34:10 GMT
    According to police, three men entered Coastal gas station on West Main Street, displayed a knife and demanded cash around 1:10 a.m.According to police, three men entered Coastal gas station on West Main Street, displayed a knife and demanded cash around 1:10 a.m.
    According to police, three men entered Coastal gas station on West Main Street, displayed a knife and demanded cash around 1:10 a.m.According to police, three men entered Coastal gas station on West Main Street, displayed a knife and demanded cash around 1:10 a.m.

    According to police, three men entered Coastal gas station on West Main Street, displayed a knife and demanded cash around 1:10 a.m.

    According to police, three men entered Coastal gas station on West Main Street, displayed a knife and demanded cash around 1:10 a.m.

  • Syosset teen accused of threatening to blow up Nassau precinct

    Syosset teen accused of threatening to blow up Nassau precinct

    Thursday, June 21 2018 5:50 AM EDT2018-06-21 09:50:48 GMT
    Officers say on Tuesday night Marc Linden forcibly tried to enter the police station in Woodbury.Officers say on Tuesday night Marc Linden forcibly tried to enter the police station in Woodbury.
    Officers say on Tuesday night Marc Linden forcibly tried to enter the police station in Woodbury.Officers say on Tuesday night Marc Linden forcibly tried to enter the police station in Woodbury.

    Officers say on Tuesday night Marc Linden forcibly tried to enter the police station in Woodbury.

    Officers say on Tuesday night Marc Linden forcibly tried to enter the police station in Woodbury.

  • Harborfields School District announce security upgrades

    Harborfields School District announce security upgrades

    Thursday, June 21 2018 5:37 AM EDT2018-06-21 09:37:25 GMT
    Officers say on Tuesday night Marc Linden forcibly tried to enter the police station in Woodbury.Officers say on Tuesday night Marc Linden forcibly tried to enter the police station in Woodbury.
    Officers say on Tuesday night Marc Linden forcibly tried to enter the police station in Woodbury.Officers say on Tuesday night Marc Linden forcibly tried to enter the police station in Woodbury.

    At a forum last night, the district told parents they updated safety plans to meet state and federal guidelines.

    At a forum last night, the district told parents they updated safety plans to meet state and federal guidelines.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.
    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

  • Just Married on Long Island

    Just Married on Long Island

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

  • KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."