The random and senseless violence taking place on high school fields across America has to be alarming.

A quality hard-hitting ballgame between two California high schools, Lakewood and Long Beach Millikan, turned ugly in the postgame locker room.

A Millikan was can be seen in the video below kicking Lakewood player Victor Bates in the head after his helmet fell off during a play.

Lakewood’s family intervened after the ballgame, reportedly attacking that player in the locker room.

In a statement released on Facebook, Millikan officials wrote that the family of a Lakewood player pushed past security to enter the locker room and attack four Millikan players.

“We have many questions about the locker room incident after last night’s game. Below is some information that can be passed onto you until more is released. Thank you for your concern and support. This is very disgusting and breaks my heart that our players were subjected to this.

After the Millikan vs Lakewood football game, our players were headed to Lakewood locker room to collect their belongings. Security unlocked it for them and along with a coach and trainer, they headed in. A Lakewood player’s family pushed the security guard aside and then attacked 4 of our players. Two were struck in the face and two were grabbed by the neck. Physically bruised but I am sure emotionally not okay. This all happened in less than 30 seconds and the family was out before the coach and trainer could do something. Security did nothing to stop the family from leaving. Fortunately, they know who they are and arrests are the next step. Both Millikan and Lakewood administration are involved along with police reports being filed. This will not be hidden and will not go away, rest assured.”

How can we ask our student athletes to control themselves when the families and grown ups won’t show a decent example?


By Glenn Erby

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