Boys in seventh and eighth grade from St. Albans and Alburgh were playing basketball when state troopers showed up. During the fight, which was caused by spectators, a 60-year-old man died. Middle school basketball games in Vermont often have big crowds that make it hard to tell who is watching and who is playing.
Russel Giroux, 60, from Alburgh, Vermont, was taken to the hospital after the fight. The police said that one man from the fight was worried about his health. A 60-year-old man needed medical help because he was hurt. Giroux was taken to the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, New Hampshire, for more care. He died at the facility, though.
The office of a lawyer in Vermont is looking into Giroux’s death. The state police are also looking into what happened. From NBC 5 footage posted on YouTube, it looks like adults and children are fighting on a basketball court.
On Tuesday, there was a small fight on the NBA basketball court. Children seemed to be close to the fight, which made some parents take their kids away. Because smaller fights broke out and adults fought on the ground, it’s not clear who started the trouble.
On Wednesday afternoon, October 3, the Grand Isle Supervisory Union sent out a press release about this event. This said, “It is with a heavy heart that I write to you to tell you that there was a physical fight between many adults at last night’s Middle School basketball game between Alburgh Community Education Center and St. Albans City Schools.”
People need to be constantly encouraged and taught that school traditions are part of every family, community, and encouragement. We want to get college students and their families’ attention and show them how important college traditions are. Lake Champlain is on three sides of the city of Alburgh, which has about 2,100 people and is in the northwest corner of Vermont.