High school track meet will not be rescheduled after brawl

A fistfight broke out at a track meet at East St. Louis High School Tuesday evening.

A fistfight broke out at a track meet at East St. Louis High School Tuesday evening that has now canceled the remainder of the boys track season.

In a statement from the East St. Louis School district, the Flyers boy's track season has been ended effectively immediately.

UPDATE: East St. Louis School District 189 has just released a statement,saying in part, that they are ending the boys’ track season. @KMOV pic.twitter.com/pK2CxK5ZPC— Brooke Grimsley (@BrookeGrimsley) May 10, 2018

The father of an athlete from Collinsville shared a video of what he believes shows 20 or more athletes in a fight. He called what he witnessed a brawl, which occurred at a Boys Southwestern Conference Championship meet.

The Southwestern Conference announced on Thursday that they will not reschedule the conference championship track meet.

The decision was made, by the SWC, to not reschedule the conference track meet. I'm sorry to all the athletes who are affected by this decision. You all worked very hard this season and I'm proud to say I got to participate as a coach. Good luck at sectionals and state!— OTHSTRACK (@othsboystrack) May 10, 2018

“As far as security goes, it was next to none. It was almost laughable,” said parent Wayne White.

White said it took police around 15 minutes to arrive.

“A lot of athletes were scared to death. They were running away from the track. It continued on and on for what seemed like forever,” said White. “The worst part about it is its supposed to be an event where kids are having fun, being recognized for their achievement and then you have this kind of nonsense taking place.”

White is the father of two boys and a school board vice president for another school district.

Belleville Township School superintendent Dr. Jeff Dosier learned about the fight from a phone call.

"Our first concern was the safety of our students and spectators that were there we had buses relatively quickly and the students were on there way home," Dosier said.

East St. Louis High School told News 4 that they are still investigating the fight but the schools involved in the Southwestern Conference will talk about increasing security.

"This is one more thing to add to the list about concerns when you are talking about holding events we need to look into everything that we do and we want to insure the safest environment possible for our students and our staff and our spectators," Dosier said.

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