7 students at 3 schools face charges after fights


One fight began over french fries.

YOUNGSTOWN — Seven students in a fighting mood at three schools face charges that range from disorderly conduct to assault on a teacher.

Mike McNair, schools’ spokesman, said Wednesday that the students cited receive automatic suspensions, up to 10 days, pending a review that could lead to expulsion. He said the schools’ goal is to maintain peace and tranquility.

Here’s what reports show happened Tuesday:

In the Chaney High School cafeteria at 12:15 p.m., two boys who had been fighting were escorted to the office, where police issued citations charging them with disorderly conduct and then released them to guardians. Police said the boys, 14 and 15, caused annoyance, inconvenience and alarm and disrupted other students’ lunch. Chairs and food had been knocked over on tables. The fight began when the 14-year-old took french fries from the 15-year-old.

At 12:30 p.m. at Chaney High School, three boys, one 16 and two 17, fighting in a timeout room drew a crowd of onlookers. Police used a burst of pepper spray on one combatant to gain control of him and then, due to the large crowd and continued fighting, used more spray to disperse the crowd. During the melee, the principal fell to the floor and lost a contact lens trying to break up the fight. The three South Side boys were each charged with disorderly conduct and released to guardians.

Other events

At 12:45 p.m., a 15-year-old East High School student who had been escorted to the office to avoid a fight threatened a police officer. When the boy jumped out of a chair toward the officer, the officer trapped the boy’s head between his knees. A deputy assisted in getting the boy handcuffed. The teenager was issued citations charging him with menacing and resisting arrest, and he was taken home.

At 10:15 a.m. at Odyssey School on Commonwealth Avenue, a 15-year-old boy who was removed from a classroom after an altercation with another student pushed a teacher and was restrained in a timeout area, police said. The boy, described as out of control, was taken to the juvenile justice center to face a charge of assault on a teacher.

At 3 p.m., a 14-year-old boy who had been suspended from East High School was spotted walking the halls. The ninth-grader was issued a citation charging him with criminal trespassing on school property and told to go home.

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