Brawl breaks out at Northwest High Homecoming football game

JACKSON COUNTY, MI – A brawl broke out between students during Friday night’s Homecoming football game at Northwest High School, according to a message from the district to parents.

In the Oct. 1 contest against Marshall High School, an “additional police presence” was required after an altercation between students, Northwest Community Schools said on its Facebook page.

The incident was deemed an assault by the Blackman-Leoni County Public Security Department, according to its daily incident report. Police were called to the scene at 9:32 p.m., police said.

The incident is being investigated by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office with potential charges, police said.

Paramedics were also called twice to the school at 4200 Van Horn Road, police said. Both were medical situations, the district said, with police claiming one occurred at 8:34 p.m. and the other at 9:01 p.m.

The district also dispelled rumors that someone brought a gun to the game.

“These are FALSE rumors,” the post read.

Northwestern Community Schools Superintendent Geoff Bontrager pointed to the Facebook page when asked for more information.

“This is what we know at this point,” he said on Sunday (October 3rd).

The altercation led to a postponement of Northwest High’s Homecoming Dance party, the district said. Further information on the postponement will be communicated to the students.

Northwest High has abandoned their 49-14 Homecoming match against Marshall High.

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