‘Running, screaming:’ Chaos at Fletcher High School football game after fight breaks out

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. — Duval County Public Schools has confirmed that a fight broke out during a Friday night football game at Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach.


This was a chaotic situation for a lot of people who were at the game because nobody knew what was going on in the moment.

Officials said a large fight broke out at the front entrance of the stadium and it led to chaos. The game between Fletcher and Sandalwood ended early and at least one person was arrested.

Neptune Beach Police said a table flipped over and it may have sounded like gunfire. However, there were no reports of gunshots actually happening at the game.

According to a spokesperson at DCPS, the game ended early with approximately four minutes remaining. This was done as a precautionary measure “due to the commotion associated with an altercation.”

Action News Jax spoke with a Fletcher student and her parent. They said they just heard people saying run because they had no idea what was going on.

That same student said that a police escort took them back to the stadium.

Clay Punnett, a father working the game, also described the chaos.

“I was on the grill and it happened 10 feet in front of me. There were no words, it was just all of sudden people throwing fists and hitting each other. Everybody was running, screaming, crying,” a person who was at the game and didn’t want to be identified said. I was trying to find Fletcher band members to keep them in a group and once we went inside Monkey Uncle we heard someone scream and someone ran again and it was terrifying honestly.”

—  Clay Punnett, father of student

DCPS officials said no gunshots or weapons were involved in the fight and repeated that one person was arrested for resisting an officer.

It is unclear if there are any other arrests as of now.

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