In cellphone video of the fight, originally obtained by Channel 2 Action News, dozens of parents rushed South Atlanta’s field as players began throwing punches. A lone police officer attempted to break it up.
The adult, who was not named, was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm on school property and discharging a firearm on school property. The incident is still being investigated by school police, and more charges are possible, Smith said.
Students at both schools also will face school-level discipline. A parent of a Washington softball player told the Atlanta school board on Monday that her daughter’s team was punished, but that’s not the case for all students involved in the fight. She said the district did not provide adequate protection. Near the end of her comments, several members of the audience began to chant: “Let them play.”
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