A baseball game for 7-year-old kids at a Colorado elementary school turned ugly over the weekend, when several adults engaged in a brawl reportedly prompted by a controversial call made by a 13-year-old umpire.
What are the details?
The incident happened shortly before noon at Westgate Elementary School in Lakeland after the umpire ruled that one of the players had batted out of order,
the Daily Mail reported.
Cellphone footage taken by spectators shows more than a dozen grown-ups duking it out while players fled and other children looked on from the bleachers. One woman can be heard on video saying with dismay, “This cannot happen,” as men and women continued to throw punches amid calls to stop. Another witness can be heard praying to Jesus during the chaos.
The Lakewood Police Department is investigating the incident, which they said involved parents and coaches. In a
social media post Tuesday, authorities said “several people have already been cited in this fight and several injuries were reported.”
Police added that they are “looking for any information on this melee, but in particular the identity of the suspect in the white shirt and teal shorts.” Department spokesman John Romero
told the Denver Post the man is likely facing an assault charge.
KCNC-TV the incident shouldn’t be taken lightly.
“It’s something that people are gawking at and there’s shock value but it’s serious,” he said. “These are serious things that happened during a youth baseball game.”