UPDATED: A 38-year-old from Steelton, Pa., has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a school official after punching the 63-year-old athletic director at Lebanon Catholic, police told PennLive.com. The charge is a felony under Pennsylvania law.
The athletic director, Mike Miller, told police that he had asked Kelly Spearwood, who Miller said was acting disorderly, to leave the game before he was hit.
Miller’s injuries do not appear to be serious, police said.
Police in Pennsylvania, have detained a man who came out of the bleachers during a girls basketball game and punched Lebanon Catholic athletic director Mike Miller, according to a report from PennLive.com.
Miller was standing between the bleachers at midcourt when the man punched him, witnesses told PennLive.com. School officials said Miller was taken to a hospital for medical attention.
The teams were sent to the locker room and the gym was cleared several minutes later when police, who were in the school building, arrived at the gym.
The coaches and official huddled and the official decided to call the game, although the coaches intend to refer the situation to the PIAA, the state’s governing body, to determine the outcome.
Lebanon Catholic was ahead of Steelton-Highspire 45-40 with 2:22 to play in the third at the time of the stoppage.
“It’s a shame for the players because it didn’t involve the players,” Lebanon Catholic coach Patti Hower Told Penn Live.com. “We couldn’t continue and that was probably the right decision. They said they didn’t want to clear the gym and put everyone outside because then there might be some problems outside.”
“What kind of an example is this for our kids?” Hower, in her 38th season as Beavers’ coach, asked. “We’re telling them not to push back and not to retaliate and then something like this happens. I’ve never seen anything like this.”