Chaney, East still plagued by violence

Students had crack cocaine and marijuana ready to sell, police said.



YOUNGSTOWN — Disruptions — which police said include drug trafficking, vandalism and teacher abuse — continue at East and Chaney high schools.

At East High School, three 16-year-old boys were arrested and suspended for 10 days after a teacher described to police a drug deal he witnessed in the cafeteria Thursday. The event was reportedly videotaped and secured by police.

One boy was charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana, one with trafficking marijuana and possession of the drug and the third with possession of marijuana. The first two boys were taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center and the third released to his mother.

During a search, police found a bag of marijuana in the pocket of shorts one boy wore under his school pants. Another boy had a bag marijuana and eight packaged-for-sale bags of crack cocaine tied in a plastic grocery bag concealed in his crotch, police said.

On Wednesday at East, the principal alerted police to vandalism in the boys’ restroom discovered after four boys, 14, 15, 15, and 16, left it. The rest room had been checked by staff before the boys’ going in.

Three mirrors, approximately 2 feet by 3 feet, had been ripped off the walls by breaking brackets that held them in place, reports show. Another, larger mirror was also removed in the same fashion.

When questioned, one of the boy’s told police “We didn’t break anything — only thing we did was to rearrange things in the bathroom.” The other boys said the same, that nothing was broken.

The boys’ parents were notified and the teenagers were issued citations charging them with criminal damaging and allowed to walk home.

Also Wednesday at East:

UA 17-year-old girl threatened and swore at a teacher after hitting and swearing at classmates, police said. She was charged with use of abusive language toward a teacher.

UA 15-year-old boy who became loud and used expletives when a guidance counselor asked why he wasn’t in class was charged with disorderly conduct. The boy had, at first, refused to answer or give his name and then said he was going to go where he wanted to go, police said. A parent took him home.

Chaney High School, the site of an unruly fighting crowd Oct. 4 that resulted in the arrest of two girls, 14 and 17, on charges of inciting violence, also had three arrests the next day.

Two boys fighting in a bathroom that Friday, Oct. 5, had to be separated by police. The students, 15, and 16, were charged with disorderly conduct.

The third arrest at Chaney that day involved a 16-year-old boy who threatened a teacher in a study hall and jumped at her, police said. When removed by police, the boy used profanity, clenched his fists and pushed one of the officers. He was charged with assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

As police were leaving to take the boy to JJC, his mother arrived at Chaney, saying she’d received cell calls from students telling her that police were beating up her son for no reason. She asked the boy if he fought with police and, according to reports, he answered: “Yeah, I fought that b----; he shouldn’t have put his hands on me.”

There was also an arrest at East that Friday. A female physical education teacher said a 15-year-old boy pushed past her as she stood in the doorway waiting for school security and threatened to “kick her ass,” police said. He was charged with assault on a teacher and aggravated menacing after refusing to stop his loud and abusive comments.

This week at Chaney, an officer who helped break up a fight Tuesday was pushed by one of the students in the hallway. The 15-year-old boy was charged with assault on a police officer.

On Wednesday, three Chaney students, 14, 15 and 17, were fighting in a classroom. The boys were charged with disorderly conduct.

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