September 11, 2021
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In statements released by both Ewing Township Police and Ewing Township Board of Education stated that a fight broke out after halftime at Lawrence Township at Ewing Township High School last night after 6:00 p.m. Police and high school staff broke up the fight and police found a handgun on a juvenile. The fight involved juveniles not involved with either of the schools that were playing the game.
See statements from the Ewing Township Board of Education as well as Ewing Township Police below:
On Friday evening at 6PM, Ewing High School hosted Lawrence High School for a varsity football game.
This was our first major athletic event with spectators since March of 2020 and a large crowd was in attendance.
Shortly after halftime, a fight broke out between a group of individuals on the home side of the athletic complex.
These individuals were not students at Ewing High School, nor were they students of Lawrence High School. This incident had nothing to do with students of either school, any kind of dispute between the schools, or the game being played.
Ewing Township police and our district staff responded quickly to the fight. In breaking up the fight, it was discovered that one of the individuals had a firearm in his possession.
As police addressed the situation and arrested the individual, the decision was made to clear the athletic complex of spectators, and the game was paused.
The game later resumed and concluded in front of only a small group of family members, staff and police.
We are very disappointed that this incident occurred and saddened and frustrated that a group of individuals could ruin what should be a fun and positive event.
It is clear from this incident that certain security concerns in the climate of Covid-19 are heightened. The administration will reflect on this occurrence, review with stakeholders including the Ewing Township police, and make adjustments in our scheduling, site supervision plan and procedures to prevent something like this from occurring again.
The district would like to thank the Ewing Township police for their assistance, and apologize to anyone who was negatively impacted by this incident.
Statement from Ewing Township Police Department: