DeRidder mayor responds to disturbance at high school basketball game

Published: Feb. 12, 2022 at 2:11 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2022 at 4:02 PM CST
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DERIDDER, La. (KPLC) - The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office and DeRidder Police Department are investigating an incident that occurred Friday night at DeRidder High School’s basketball game against Leesville High.

A fight broke out between high school students outside the gymnasium around 9:15 p.m. As officers and deputies were attempting to stop the fight, multiple deputies were attacked by multiple juveniles by being struck in the face and head and from behind, authorities said Saturday.

KPLC received a video of multiple officers on top of and hitting a person, who witnesses say was a 16-year-old. In the video, witnesses are heard calling for the officers to get off of the subject.

The crowd refused to disperse as directed by deputies and officers, resulting in other fights between juveniles across the parking lot area, authorities said.

One juvenile was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace/fighting and released to their parents with a summons, authorities said.

Three juveniles were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace/fighting, resisting an officer by force or violence and battery of a police officer, authorities said. These three juveniles were booked into jail and later released to their parents.

DeRidder police and the sheriff’s office are reviewing all available footage and asking anyone with information or video of the incident to contact one of the agencies. The agencies say this incident is being taken “very seriously.”

The investigation is ongoing.

DeRidder and Leesville’s rivalry has a history of causing trouble. In September 2021, a fight involving adults and juveniles at a football game led to a shooting and the arrests of nine people, including six juveniles.

Rumors circulated on social media before another game between the two schools in October, leading law enforcement to increase security at the stadium.

The following is a statement from DeRidder Mayor Misty Clanton:

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