3 out of work following fight at Gaithersburg-Northwest High School football game

3 out of work following fight at Gaithersburg-Northwest High School football game

Three of the adults involved in the fight at the football game between Gaithersburg and Northwest high schools in Montgomery County last month are unemployed.

Three of the adults involved in the fight at the football game between Gaithersburg and Northwest high schools in Montgomery County, Maryland last month are out of work.

On Wednesday afternoon, the school system said in a statement that the athletic specialist (also known as athletic director) positions at Gaithersburg High School, as well as the head and assistant football coaching positions at Northwest, had been “liberated”. It is not known if the three left of their own accord.



“The three individuals involved and current school athletic staff have been notified of these decisions,” Montgomery County Public Schools said in the statement. The people currently in these positions on an interim basis will remain in place for the remainder of the season.

They did not release the names of the people whose jobs had been vacated; Northwest head coach Travis Hawkins previously told WTOP’s press partner NBC Washington, “I want to apologize to my school, I want to apologize to my community, I want to apologize nearby [administration].”

Gaithersburg High School athletic director William Gant filed misdemeanor assault charges against Hawkins following the fight.

The Sept. 16 game was ruled a double forfeit; both schools also lost their next games, which were scheduled for September. 23.

The school system immediately implemented several changes to the game attendance policy:

  • Spectating students are limited to students from participating schools. Students are requested to present their student card or class timetable. School-aged children from other schools may only attend if accompanied by an accompanying adult.
  • Students and spectators are required to sit in the stands while the game is in progress, and gatherings at half-time and after games are limited.
  • It is forbidden for pupils and spectators who leave the game to return to it; moreover, no spectators are admitted after half-time.
  • No backpacks are allowed.
  • “Inappropriate and unruly behavior” at sporting events could result in suspension from other MCPS sporting events.
  • Only athletes, coaches, match officials and accredited media are permitted on the sidelines during matches.

Jack Moore of WTOP contributed to this report.

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