Fight between North Stanly football players caught on video

Published 5:35 pm Friday, August 3, 2018

A physical confrontation between two high school student-athletes at a North Stanly football minicamp was captured on video. The incident happened at a Comets football camp on July 23.

In a video sent to The Stanly News & Press, a number of student-athletes were inside the school’s gymnasium. One in a white shirt threw a punch at another wearing a black shirt, then the other person responded with punches.

As the two became entangled, the youth in the white shirt grabbed the other and slammed him to the floor. The person in the white shirt yelled at the other player that he had told him not to touch him.

Copies of the email with the video were also addressed to Stanly County Schools Superintendent Jeff James and new NSHS principal Randy Mann.

When reached for comment, James said he had heard about a skirmish at the camp but was not aware of the extent of the incident. He added he had been in contact with Mann and SCS’s head of student services, Beverly Pennington.

Identities of the individuals in the fight were not released in an official statement from SCS. The statement said Mann “was made aware of the incident immediately after it happened. Dr. Mann coordinated with on-site staff to manage the immediate needs of students. An investigation was opened at that time and is currently ongoing. District Administration is supporting Dr. Mann as the investigation continues.”

The statement also said the “safety of students and staff is our first concern. We take all incidents of misbehavior seriously. We are working closely with the families involved and with our law enforcement partners at the Stanly County Sheriff’s Department to assure the matter is handled appropriately.”

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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