This is a sad story.
A brawl broke out at a middle school game in Vermont, and now a 60-year-old man is dead because of it.
During a 7th and 8th-grade boys’ game at Alburgh Community Education Center between Alburgh and St. Albans, a fight broke out, and the 60-year-old man participated in the brawl.
A brawl broke out among spectators at a middle school basketball game in northern Vermont, and a 60-year-old man who participated in the fight died, police said.
State troopers were called to the Alburgh Community Education Center just before 7 p.m. Tuesday after a report of a large fight involving spectators during a seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball game between Alburgh and St. Albans.
The fight ended before troopers arrived, and many of the participants had left. Russell Giroux, of Alburgh, sought medical attention, police said. He was taken by ambulance to the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, where he was pronounced dead.
Jay Nichols, the executive director of The Vermont Principals’ Association, said in a statement that the group, which oversees school sports in the state, had no information about the event beyond what the authorities provided.
“Although we can not speak specifically about the events at this individual game, we would like to once again emphasize that middle and high school sports are educational and are for the benefit of the student-athletes,” he said. “Spectators that cannot behave appropriately can be barred from events and can face criminal charges.”
It stopped before police showed up, and the man was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and was pronounced dead when he got there.
The school emphasizes that the games are for the students’ benefit and that spectators who don’t know how to behave can face criminal charges.
That is a horrible way to die.
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