Three Charged After Fight at High School Football Game
Date: 2008-11-29 00:00:00
Submitted By: School Fights
EASTON | Three Phillipsburg fans face summary charges after a fight Thursday against one Easton fan during the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game at Lafayette College. "It was an Easton versus Phillipsburg thing," said Easton police Captain Michael Vangelo. Craig Williams, 18, of Mansfield Township, and two 16-year-old males attacked an Easton fan during the second quarter, when the Red Rovers led the Stateliners by at least four touchdowns. The two juveniles are Phillipsburg High School students, according to Vangelo, who declined to identify them because they are juveniles. Both were reportedly drinking alcohol. The fight took place at the Phillipsburg stands. Vangelo said several members of the crowd made fun of the victim, who had a bloody face and was crying, by holding their hands up to their eyes in a mock crying motion. "Once we gave them orders to back off, they did comply," Vangelo said of the crowd. Phillipsburg School Board President Paul Rummerfield said he did not see the fight, but saw two students being taken away in handcuffs after a loud incident at the stands. Rummerfield said the Phillipsburg School District does not tolerate fighting at any level, but he did not know whether disciplinary action would be taken because he is not familiar with the circumstances of the fight. "What would an Easton student be doing in the Phillipsburg section, almost like he was provoking something?" Rummerfield said. "I'm not condoning what was done, but without knowing what happened, it's hard to say." Vangelo said he had no information about the victim or his condition after the fight. Williams was cited for disorderly conduct, and the two juveniles were cited for harassment and underage drinking. Vangelo said the fight was the only incident at the game, which ended with a 35-14 Easton victory. "Other than that, fans were well behaved," Vangelo said. "I was very pleased with the game and the behavior of the fans."