Police investigating incident stemming from high school football rivalry in Ogden

Posted at 9:40 PM, Sep 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-26 23:40:52-04

OGDEN, Utah -- This week's high school football rivalry between Ogden and Ben Lomond High Schools got just as much attention off the field as it did on it.

Police are investigating an incident that took place at Big D Park, which is next to Dinosaur Park in Ogden. Ben Lomond High School students apparently went to the park following a school pep rally. It was not a school sanctioned event. While at the park, students say bleach was thrown at some of them.

One parent told FOX 13 News that her daughter was hit in the face and had to go to the emergency room. Ben Lomond students are blaming their rivals, but the school district said it was Ben Lomond's own students that threw the bleach.

Police said they are in the early stages of the investigation and did not give any further comment.

"If there is a student that is harmed then there needs to be an investigation, and we'll let the police handle that and hopefully be supportive in any way that we can," said Zac Williams of the Ogden School District.

Also this week, a Ben Lomond student allegedly made comments on Twitter saying the student was going to bring weapons to a game. That student was dealt with by the school.

"If there are threats being made against students directly or actions taken that are concerning then we don't tolerate that at all, we'll take steps to make sure we put a stop to it," Williams said.

In yet another incident, Ogden High School was egged and the big cement O near the football field was spray painted. In that incident, 15 suspects were caught on security video.

There was police presence on hand at Friday night's game, but no more than a typical rivalry game, according to Williams.

This is the 66th year these two schools have played each other. Williams said he's seen worse off the field activities than what has occurred in the past few days and said this week was fairly routine.