Lizmar Thurber and John Romero’s first graders were playing baseball at Westgate Elementary School when parents became enraged over a call by the game’s 13-year-old umpire, and a fight broke out.
Thurber recalled the incident to 9News and said she was recording her son’s game when some parents apparently became upset and the sporting event erupted to an all-out brawl this past Saturday in Lakewood, Colorado.
Thurber captured footage from the incident that was later shared by police officials. In the video, a group of 15-20 adults swarm a baseball field and start exchanging blows while children are present.
Watch the video below:
These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We're looking for any info, in particular to ID the man in the white shirt/teal shorts. Several people have already been cited in this fight and injuries were reported. pic.twitter.com/ieenhwCrbU
— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) June 18, 2019
Lakewood police wrote on Twitter that coaches and parents disagreed during a baseball game involving 7-year-olds and a 13-year-old umpire, and took over the field and “began assaulting each other.”
The department arrived on the scene and issued citations for disorderly conduct. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man involved in the incident. They wrote:
We’re looking for any info, in particular to ID the man in the white shirt/teal shorts. Several people have already been cited in this fight and injuries were reported.
It’s unknown if the man wearing a white shirt and teal shorts in the video is a parent or one of the young players. Thurber and Romero said this kind of behavior is dangerous and puts kids at risk for injuries.
Not to mention, how can children learn sportsmanship if their parents are fighting over a call?
Romero, a public information officer for the Lakewood Police Department, said:
“These parents and coaches decided to take it out on each other. It’s horrible.”
“You think it’s common sense to not do this at any sporting event, especially around kids. It’s a good reminder for adults: Whether you’re a parent or not, you have these children who look up to you, think before you act.”
“My heart is broken. My heart is broken for our children, both teams, that they had to experience this violence between adults.
This is an opportunity to speak to parents, to speak to other leagues and say, ‘Ok, look at this, what happened. Take this as an example and let this not happen again.'”
There are no reports of any children being injured while adults were fighting and punching each other at the game.
The teams have requested adult umpires in the future.
Watch the video below: