Brawl ends Rocklin prep football gameBy: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
What was an ordinary Friday night at Whitney High School in the peak of football season turned ugly for the Rocklin school.
A large fight broke out during the third quarter of the Whitney High School versus Grant Union High School football game, according to a Rocklin Police Department press release.
“Out of concern for crowd and player safety, the remainder of the game was canceled and not played,” said the department via the press release.
According to law enforcement officials, there were concerns over the large numbers of individuals fighting.
The brawl involved so many individuals that Rocklin Police, along with Placer County Sheriff's Office deputies and Lincoln Police Department officials, responded. No injuries were reported and no arrests were made by Sunday, according to Rocklin Police Department officials.
Whitney High School Principal Justin Cutts released a statement about the fight to parents at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Last night, a very serious situation occurred in the third quarter of the varsity football game,” Cutts said in the statement. “We have been reviewing video footage of the incident and that has been shared with the section office as well.”
Cutts stressed that safety is a top priority at Whitney High School.
“The safety of our students and athletes is very important to us and we are taking this matter seriously,” he said.
The Rocklin Unified School District also spoke to Gold Country Media about the incident.
“The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us at the Rocklin Unified School District,” said district spokeswoman Diana Capra. “We are disappointed and also take what occurred very seriously. Sportsmanship is the number one goal for all of our athletic programs. Whitney High School and district office officials have been conducting an internal investigation, which includes reviewing the video and communicating with the Sac Joaquin Section office of the California Interscholastic Federation (our region's governing body for high school athletics).”
“Any potential discipline for those involved will be decided once the investigation has concluded,” Capra said.
Whitney High School is in contact with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) commissioner and the Rocklin Unified School District office, according to Cutts.
The incident is under investigation. The Rocklin Police Department told Gold Country Media that the Rocklin Police Youth Services Unit will review the game video to determine if any criminal charges will be filed.
On Thursday, Principal Cutts reached out to Gold Country Media with a statement he released to the Grant High School principal: “We deeply regret the incident that erupted between our two schools last Friday evening. There is enough blame to share on all of us. As a school, we did not live up to the CIF Sac-Joaquin section code of conduct or our own expectations for how we want to conduct ourselves and for that we are truly sorry.”
Cutts took responsibility for the incident on behalf of Whitney High School: “We accept responsibility for our part in the altercation and are taking appropriate action regarding the individuals directly involved. In the near future, the student leaders on our football team would like an opportunity to meet with their Grant counterparts to discuss ideas about how best to go forward. Both schools take great pride in their accomplishments and their outstanding students; present and past. These accomplishments should be what the schools and communities are recognized for and not the actions of last Friday.”
Cutts also addressed moving forward with solidarity: “It is our goal that we can move forward together to bring something positive to both communities out of this negative experience.”