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Brawl at game under scrutiny

A brawl at a basketball game between South Side-Bee Branch and Guy-Perkins last week is under criminal investigation.

Adults standing at the end of the court got into a fight Friday night after the Guy-Perkins Thunderbirds made a game-winning shot with four seconds left in the game, according to witnesses.

Police are reviewing video of the incident, which, according to a Faulkner County sheriff’s office incident report said was a “large brawl” involving more than two dozen men.

Guy Police Chief Dave Martini said charges could result from the brawl.

The report said employees from both schools were involved. Guy-Perkins Superintendent Brian Cossey said that was not the case, that none of his employees took part.

The report later states that two South Side school employees were removed from the building. South Side Superintendent Billy Jackson released a statement Tuesday saying that the incident was “not initiated by South Side individuals” and that the school’s coaches behaved appropriately. He said the school would not release the video until the investigation is complete.

The schools are close to each other and the Hornets and Thunderbirds have been rivals for years.

Cossey said there will be security changes that will go into effect immediately. He said only cheerleaders, law enforcement officials and photographers will be allowed on the baselines under the basketball goals.

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