Estill Co. superintendent makes statement on fight at Estill-Owsley County basketball game

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OWSLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Update: Feb. 26

Courtesy: WKYT

A Kentucky school district is taking action after an incident involving its fans at a high school basketball game.

In a statement released Tuesday, Estill County Superintendent Jeff Saylor said the district is working to develop a plan of action to address atmospheres at athletic events.

This comes after some fans were ejected at a district tournament basketball game last week in Owsley County.

Saylor said he believes Estill County fans were unfairly criticized following the fight and that the host school should have handled the situation better.

Original Story

A 56th District tournament game between Estill and Owsley Counties ended with several fans tossed from the gym and an investigation.

Sister station WKYT reports a heated exchange happened at the high school basketball game, and Owsley County Sheriff Brent Lynch had to toss a fan and a few sitting with him out of the gym.

School security video caught the incident. It appears that at least one fan went down to the Owsley bench and was yelling.

Lynch is also an assistant for the Owsley County girls' basketball team, and Estill County fans did not recognize him as the sheriff when he walked up. He said he had to announce himself as the sheriff and asked some of the fans to leave because of the language they used.

The Owsley County superintendent said officials and coaches handled the situation well. He said they may press charges against the instigating fan for abuse of a school administrator.

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