GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) – A fight broke out at the Board of Education meeting in Glastonbury over changing the school’s mascot.
The change was captured in video Tuesday night.
According to the video, a fight broke out between education board member Ray McFall and a Glastonbury resident.
The two people involved were almost huddled together because of an argument. It happened during a break. Seconds later, McFall can be seen pushing the man then punching McFall in the face with such force that McFall falls to the ground.
In the chaotic seconds that followed, the two separated.
The board of directors pulled the plug on meeting at that point.
Many agreed that the two men involved were more like children than adults, adding that this was not behavior they wanted the Glastonbury students to see.
“Is this tit-for-tat really in the best interests of the kids?” Glastonbury resident Olivia Jenkins asked.
“I think people are getting bolder these days, just with everything going, people’s faces today. It was crazy,” says Steven Piersa of Glastonbury.
Folks Eyewitness News who spoke to them say they believe the fire broke out in today’s pressurized climate.
“With everything going and people orienting how to live their lives, what should you do, ‘Oh, that’s unacceptable,’ you know, people get pushed into a corner and end up. eventually, people will attack,” Piersa noted.
“Everybody got over it. People are getting through the pandemic. People are above politics. I also think, there’s a lot going on, that’s crazy,” added Jenkins.
The meeting was held to discuss reverting the school mascot back to the tomahawk. Last year, the county removed the tomahawk logo and replaced it with a “guardians” mascot.
The reason for the meeting was a petition arguing that the public did not have enough input in the decision-making process because face-to-face meetings are not taking place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. .
There was no decision on Tuesday night due to the meeting ending abruptly.
On Wednesday morning, the focus of people in Glastonbury seemed to be on the punch, not the logo.
Superintendent Alan Bookman sent out a statement to the school community.
[Tuesday] The Board of Education held a Public Hearing on a petition to reinstate the Glastonbury High School mascot Tomahawk. After the public hearing ended, the Panel called for a 10-minute break. An incident occurred during recess which resulted in the Board adjourning the meeting without voting on the issue.
The Board of Education welcomes public comment and appreciates that there will always be enthusiastic testimony when controversial issues are considered. But it’s important that we listen to each other respectfully and follow the meeting rules so that everyone is heard.
Future meetings will be posted on our Board of Education Meetings page, as always. We welcome your continued participation.
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Glastonbury Police just called it a disturbance at the high school. They said they are currently investigating what happened.
Those involved chose not to publicly comment on the brawl.
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