The Edina homecoming game was “evacuated” Friday night after “several fights” broke out among “students who do not attend Edina Public Schools,” according to Crime Watch Minneapolis.
Richfield and St. Louis Park police responded to assist Edina officers around 8:30 p.m. Crime Watch reports at least one person was sprayed with mace.
At least one person was affected by mace.
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Video shows at least two young boys punching each other behind the stadium in the middle of a large group of students. An officer then detained one person, the video appears to show.
In a message to families, Superintendent Stacie Stanley confirmed there were “several fights at the football game this evening,” according to Crime Watch.
“We are determining which districts the students involved attend. Edina Police called in additional reinforcements from the Richfield Police Department to clear the campus as soon as possible. At this time, all students who should not be on the campus have been evacuated. There was a rumor that a student was stabbed, but the Edina Police Department confirmed that this is not true. There were no stabbings, no weapons and no serious injuries,” she said.
Crime Watch reports there was a prior disturbance at the Edina YMCA around 7 p.m. that may have involved the same suspects who showed up at the game.
Neither the Edina Police Department or Edina Public Schools released any public statement on the incident.
Update: The Edina Police Department said it is unable to share many details from the incident because it remains under investigation.
“A large group entered the stadium just after halftime of the football game Friday, Sept. 16, and began causing a disturbance. The situation quickly escalated. No one was seriously injured or transported to a medical facility,” a spokesperson said. “Edina Police were assisted in bringing order by officers from Bloomington, Richfield and St. Louis Park. Three juveniles were arrested for disorderly conduct.”