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Somerville dad arrested after fight at H.S. hockey game

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) - A fight got out of hand at a high school hockey game, but the people involved weren’t players.

Police said a Somerville father wasn't happy with his son's high school hockey coach, so he ran over to the bench, during the game.

Officers say the father made a scene, and cursed out the coach.

Other hockey parents at the same rink say that kind of behavior is unacceptable.

“It’s inappropriate, no one should be yelling at a coach, they're trying to do the best they can,” one mother said.

The Somerville officer on detail at the rink asked the dad to leave, and said he had to physically escort him out.

“The gentleman decided the officer wasn't going to stop him, put his hands on the officers, a scuffle ensued,” Somerville Deputy Police Chief Michael Cabral said.

That officer pepper-sprayed the angry dad and finally subdued him.

He's charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and threats to commit a crime.

The arrest didn’t come as a surprise to a lot of people, including some hockey dads.

“I find it across all sports, sometimes you need to tell parents to calm down, one time we have to tell a parent ‘calm down, it's the kid’s games, they have to enjoy it,’” one dad said.

Somerville High School has several games left, and police are now working with the school to see if the mad dad will be allowed to attend.

“This was a very unfortunate incident that was witnessed by a lot of parents, and kids who were watching the game, unfortunately this spectacle was witnessed by a lot of people,” Cabral said.

The suspect is a parking officer in town, there is no word on if he’ll be disciplined for the arrest.
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