News: Police Arrive After M-A Player Interrupts Football Game
During the M-A football game against Campolindo on Friday, a disruption occurred during the third quarter that caused nine police cars to arrive at the scene. A senior varsity football player was ejected from the game after arguing with the referees, and was found trying to re-enter the game, leading to an even greater disruption.
According to witnesses, the student was extremely angry after the ejection, and retreated back to the locker room where his anger only heightened. He changed out of his football uniform, back into his school clothes, and attempted to return the field.
After he approached the entrance and was recognized and refused by chaperones, his anger got the best of him. He began to get physical, and his family and friends attempted to hold him back while he continued to try to enter.
According to Vice Principal Steve Lippi, there was a San Mateo County Sheriff in the stands whose stepson was playing on the M-A football team. He was notified of the disruption while in the stands and proceeded to call for backup from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s department.
Not only did the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department arrive, but another bystander in the stands was alarmed by the disruption. After seeing the sudden rush of people to the entrance, the person proceeded to call 911. This alarmed the Atherton police, and resulted in their arrival as well.
A total of nine police cars arrived to the scene, causing significant disturbance amongst the crowd, and leading to the notion of some extreme act happening outside the game. This resulted in a rush of students and parents to the entrance of Coach Parks Field. Although many tried to catch a view of the scene, only a few were able to see what happened.
Sophomore Sofia Willis saw “a bunch of people holding him back, [while] he was swinging his arms all around. It looked like he punched one of the people.”
Though it is unclear whether the player actually hurt anyone, others echoed her report.
Beverely Shane, also a sophomore, describes a similar scene of chaos:
“I saw a group of people huddled together, and then families began arriving and soon the cops were there. It was all a blur, a bunch of people just rushed from all sides.”
No further information was released on the condition and whereabouts of the student after the police arrived, but rumors have circled that he may be charged with disrupting a school function.
Vice Principal Karl Loosekot was unclear on whether charges had been pressed, but verified that the school did have the right to press charges if they so chose.