Fight breaks out at meeting about school closings

Written by Tasia Stone, CNN

More than 150 people were in attendance when a fight broke out at a meeting in Connecticut on Wednesday night.

A school board member allegedly punched a trustee in the face during the contentious meeting, CNN affiliate WTNH reports.

A brawl between three board members broke out on Wednesday night in a Connecticut public school district after trustees learned of “irregularities” in how the process to close schools had been conducted, the Greenwich Police Department said.

A fight broke out in a school board meeting in Connecticut, according to local news reports. Police say three trustees attacked one another, one of them punched another trustee in the face.

The board was meeting in an empty boardroom in Norwich, Connecticut, to discuss how to replace the buildings that house the Jefferson Elementary School, Candlewood Ridge Elementary School and Marian K. Smith School, all slated to close by 2019.

Amid the yelling and shouts, a fight broke out between three board members, WTNH reports. One trustee allegedly punched another. A third trustee intervened and landed a punch of his own.

The three men were arrested and charged with assault, WTNH reports. Video of the brawl shows two men wrestling on the floor and more men backing up as police take the men to the ground.

A second melee broke out at the meeting later that night when an angry mother stood up to urge the school board to keep her daughter’s school open, WTNH reports. Two fights broke out at the meeting.

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