Clary Anderson skating arena was packed tight last night at the sold-out annual hockey meet between arch rivals Montclair High Mounties and Montclair Kimberly Academy Cougars. Outside the arena, $5 tickets were being scalped for up to $20 before the 7pm gametime. The exciting match led to a victory for the Mounties, 4-0. An eyewitness describes what happened next.
Montclair students were crazy happy after their win. Kids were spilling out over the ice and pulling down the hockey nets. Outside, under the train bridge on Chestnut Street, a crowd had gathered. There were two groups of about ten kids each – they looked older – maybe MHS grads or upper classmen. The two groups were screaming at each other, yelling in each others’ faces. Then a black kid punched a white kid in the side of the head, and the rest of them jumped into the fight and went to blows with each other.
The tipster said he didn’t notice and bottles or weapons, but a huge fight erupted.
“It seems like the cops arrived in about 45 seconds and broke up the fight. A parent driving by got out of his car and told everyone to break it up and go home.”
The manager on duty at Clary Anderson told Baristanet he didn’t know anything about a fight outside on Chestnut Street, but said there were only minor problems during the game: “A few kids were acting up, some arrived drunk, others were caught sneaking in alcohol-filled water bottles. Our staff and security guards on duty kicked about 10 kids out of the arena. The police came, parents were called and the teens were taken home. The problem was taken care of.”
Deja vu? We’ll update with more information when we hear back from MPD.