HS Cancels Evening Basketball Game Over Parking Lot Altercation

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A Wisconsin high school canceled an evening basketball game Tuesday after an altercation between students in the school parking lot.

Madison Metropolitan School District said the altercation took place in the afternoon and was among La Follette High School students. La Follette was set to host Madison East Tuesday evening. 

Police said that a 16-year-old student who was involved in the incident had a gun, which led to a large police presence at the school. 

While police did not find a gun, the teen faces charges for disorderly conduct while armed. No one was hurt in the incident and police are continuing to investigate the cause of the altercation. 

All after-school activities at La Follette were canceled due to safety concerns. 

Schools across the country have had to confront the problem of student altercations spilling over into sporting events, and many have decided to mitigate the problem by limiting who can attend games. 

Following altercations between students at a game between Taft and Woodward schools in Cincinnati, both schools said the boys basketball and cheerleading teams will only be allowed to have two parents/caregivers at the game. No other spectators will be allowed.

According to the local NBC affiliate, players must provide the names of attendees to the athletic director by Thursday. They will then be able to buy tickets at the door. Parents/guardians will be asked to provide an ID at the door. The school will provide refunds for anyone that purchased tickets and can no longer attend.

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