POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Pound Ridge Easter egg hunt contest on Saturday, April 12, took an ugly turn when a few parents had to be separated after exchanging profane and abusive words within shouting distance of the children, Police Chief David Ryan said.
No charges have been filed. However, police are investigating the incident and reviewing video from a camera system installed at Pound Ridge Elementary School as a safety measure taken after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Connecticut in late 2012.
“The tapes will be thoroughly reviewed once we receive them,” Ryan said. “Once we have completed taking all of the statements, we will review our options with the District Attorney’s Office, and if charges are warranted, we will pursue that at that time.”
The altercation involved several groups of parents but started with two who parents told police used profane language and had to be separated. Parents told police it was overheard by other parents and children.
“It is unfortunate that this behavior occurs at events such at this which are supposed to be all about the children, Ryan said. “I would hope in the future that those individuals involved would be able to respect each other in a more adult fashion and agree to disagree about whatever it is they are disputing about.”
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