A fight, caught on video and shared on social media, shows more than a dozen players from Delano High School fighting with a Mission Oak High School player on the sideline during a game Friday night. A second Mission Oak player who attempted to help his teammate was also attacked. It is unclear from the video what started the fight.
Delano Joint Union High School District announced in a statement that they would be investigating the incident along with "California Interscholastic Federation, law enforcement, and game officials."
The full text of the statement is below:
On behalf of Delano High School, we are embarrassed and disappointed by the actions that transpired at Friday night’s football game versus Mission Oak High School. The fight on the field during the game was deeply disturbing and inexcusable. The actions of those involved in the incident do not reflect the values and culture of our school, district, or community. We regret if any person was injured in the altercation.
We hold student athletes to high standards for sportsmanship and appropriate conduct both on and off the field. School district leaders will be working collaboratively with the California Interscholastic Federation, law enforcement, and game officials to thoroughly investigate the incident. There will be consequences for those who exhibited unacceptable behavior. They will be held accountable.
We strive hard to meet the expectations of our community. Student conduct and safety are important priorities in our schools. As a result of this incident, we will be reviewing all aspects of our athletic programs and will take swift action to enact changes and improvements if needed. Thank you for your support and understanding as we deal with this unfortunate situation.
This is an ongoing story. More information as it becomes available.
Great job by the Mission Oak Hawks coaches (white uniforms) for holding your team back. It could have gotten real ugly especially when 10 Delano players were beating up a Hawks player. Player sent to hospital— PAG METER (@PAGMETER) November 4, 2019
Something needs to be done at Delano! Not acceptable! pic.twitter.com/KzxGTQMrP6