By MB Online
A school security guard fired a warning shot in a bid to stop a brawl that broke out among students of opposing schools at the end of a basketball game in Quezon City on Friday.
In video taken and posted on Facebook by Mony Santos, it can be seen that students were throwing punches and plastic chairs at one another in the middle of the basketball court.
Shortly after, a security guard stands at center court and fires a warning shot, apparently to diffuse the free-for-all.
Santos explains in his Facebook post: “Championship game ng basketball yan..medyo mainit ang labanan..actually tapos na yong laro nagkamayan na nga…may mga students na nagkaasaran.. ayon nagkatulukan.. nagkagulo na (That’s a championship game… a bit intense. Actually, the game was over and there were handshakes… but some students resorted to teasing… then shoving, and all hell broke loose).”
In the same post, Santos identifies the location of the brawl as Saint Patrick School of Quezon City and the visiting team as AMA University.
“Nagulat nga kami bakit kailangan magpaputok ng guwardiya sa gitna ng gym.. puro mga bata lang yon at ’di criminal (We were shocked why the guard had to fire a shot in the middle of the gym… they were kids, not criminals),” Santos, an uncle of one of the students present at the game, said in his post.
He also bewailed how some adults even joined the brawl instead of help stop the chaos.
“Sana ’yong ibang katulad namin matanda tumulong na lang sa amin umawat… kaso tumulong pa makipag away at mambato ng upuan (Other adults like us should have helped pacify the fight… but instead of doing so, they joined the fray and threw chairs).”
The Manila Bulletin has reached out to the two schools involved in the incident to get their side, but has yet to receive a response as of posting.