SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A brawl between youth football coaches and parents was caught on camera.
It all happened as a game wrapped up over the weekend and plenty of children were still on the field.
Parents said kids started crying and hiding under bleachers, unsure if someone was going to shoot, after someone took out a weapon.
"I feel like kids should never have to witness that," a parent who asked not to be identified told Channel 2's Matt Johnson.
The fight happened Saturday morning near Hapeville Elementary School.
The parent said she and her son ran for safety when, she said, they saw someone pull out a gun.
"Parents (were) running, screaming, crying, trying to get somewhere safe, not knowing if the person that had a weapon, if they were going to shoot or not," she said.
"The parents and the coaches were angry about the results of the game," the parent said.
Parents shared the video with Channel 2 Action News in hopes of highlighting a lack of security at the games. They said Hapeville police responded but most of the people involved had left.
"There's never any security so you don't know who's bringing weapons into the football games," she said.
Johnson called a representative for the Georgia Youth Football Alliance on Monday night but no one returned his call or text messages.
Now, the parent said, she doesn't want to see the coaches involved in the fight working with any more children.
"I think you should set a better example if you're a coach," the parent said.
Witnesses said the video shows a coach, wearing red, punch another coach minutes after their teams played each other.
A game for the YFA had just finished and the 5-year-old players were still on the field.
Right after the fight happened, parents said another group of kids who saw it all were forced to play their scheduled game.
There is no word yet from Hapeville police about whether charges were filed against anyone.
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