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Police break up 2 fights at Chaney High

Published: Thu, November 18, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Police used pepper spray on crowds of Chaney High School students to break up two fights at 8 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. Tuesday.

“I imagine the officers used [pepper spray] as a last resort,” said school board President Anthony Catale, who wasn’t aware of the fights until told by The Vindicator Wednesday. “The bottom line is we’re trying to change a culture throughout the school district. We’ve built momentum. Granted, there are incidents like this that we have to deal with.”

Superintendent Wendy Webb couldn’t be reached by The Vindicator late Wednesday to comment.

Two students involved in the first incident needed medical assistance after Patrolman Michael Walker, who was working security at the school, used pepper spray when the two refused to stop fighting, according to a police report.

The 8 a.m. fight took place in the school cafeteria between two 15-year-old boys, one who lives on North Evanston Avenue and the other who lives on West Boston Avenue, the report states.

Walker, working at the school, on South Hazelwood Avenue, ordered the two boys to stop fighting several times and announced he’d use pepper spray if they continued, the report continues. After they refused to stop, the officer used a “short burst” of pepper spray.

Police charged the two with disorderly conduct and released them.

Walker also used the spray to “disperse a very large crowd of juveniles” who were at the fight scene, his police report states. No injuries were reported.

Then at 8:35, Patrolman Malik Mostella, also working security at Chaney, responded to another fight in the school’s center hallway by the old gymnasium.

The officer saw a 17-year-old Volney Road student hit a 14-year-old Ravenwood Avenue boy in the face, according to a second police report.

When that happened, “several students jumped in, trying to help both sides,” Mostella wrote in his report.

“Not being able to break up the fight physically or with verbal commands,” Mostella used a two-second “burst” of pepper spray into the crowd, which stopped the fight, the report states. The report contains no mention of injuries from the use of the spray.

The 17-year-old ran away but was caught and charged with assault. He was going to be released after being issued a summons, but the report states he was taken into custody for trying to start another fight with another student. He was turned over to a Mahoning County juvenile police officer, but the report doesn’t state if he was taken to the juvenile justice center.


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

These students, and I use that word loosely, lack any form of family moral values. They deserved their pepper spray since they failed to listen to the officer on the scene. They should suspend everyone involved in the fights and send them all to the juvy center to spend that suspension time.

Watch the student was probably AA and the officer will soon be called Racist for using the pepper spray on him, and the officer be suspended while they investigate the incident.

This definitely is not the Cheney that I remember when I was growing up 40 years ago.

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2dd933(312 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I would be willing to bet that all the students involved know how to spell Chaney!

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3mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

What do you expect Wendy Webb to do? She is on her way out the door holding on to her cadillac retirement package. These kids have no moral upbringing and show no respect to their elders. That is the fault of their parents, who also have no morals.

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4peacelover(839 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

censoredship, I went to Warren G. Harding High back in the '70s and there were always two police officers there, a man and a woman. This is nothing new. At Harding they even padlocked the doors after 10:00 so no one could get in after that time. You had to have a teacher let you out if you had to leave for some reason. Usually the teacher in the room closest to the door had the key. I remember at least one fight a day, many days there were more. It was just business as usual.

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5southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

There will always be fights at schools. Be thankful weapons were not involved in this incident.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

"Police used pepper spray on crowds of Chaney High School students to break up two fights at 8 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. Tuesday. "

Academia is going down the toilet at Chaney !

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7Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Police have been in Youngstown City Schools since at least 2002. That is as early as I can recall for certain but I would bet they were there much longer.

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8Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The spraying ,the fights and the riots are nothing new for the last 10 years. Chaney went downhill when Wilson closed.

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9Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The environment was so tense 7 years ago at one of the high schools that a teacher ,a Vietnam vet who saw combat made a comparison between teaching there and combat as to stress level. I won't tell you the outcome because you wouldn't believe it.

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10Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

As to shortages of police because they are in the schools-that is where much of the criminal element will be.

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11palbubba(811 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

As usual all were released. Probably to be back in school the next day to learn nothing but cause trouble and keep others from learning. They want to have a special school for troubled youth, which Youngstown can't afford. How about lock up for these trouble makers, there would be so few students in school we could send the teachers to lock up to teach these adorable troubled youth. GET REAL

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12AFgrad(12 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Police in area schools are not new. I graduated Austintown Fitch in the early 80's and we always had police at the school. Mostly the officer was an auxillary. I can recall a patrol car sitting on school grounds during school hours just about always - and we really can't say we had serious problems. Just the normal stuff - fights (rarely with weapons) the normal drugs (pot, some cocain, acid) these type of things your going to find in all schools. Then, now and in the future. I'm not saying it should be tolerated just it is what it is. Reality.

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13Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Whats said i stopped in to goodwill the other day on Belmont and even they have to have security in the store how sad our society has become.

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14ytown_kills_me(67 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

roflmao,.... just shut both high schools down ...what a joke this district has become

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15lovedrama(139 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

BFD-a couple of fights.When I went to HS kids in my school got arrested for using numchucks ( sp?), chinese stars, and knives and stuff. This stuff happens in schools all of the time.

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16Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

lovedrama I went to high school in the 1980s and we had our share of fights too but this is a totally different ball game. For one there are many more fights I mean as in every other day and sometimes multiple fights at that. The girls fight too and it is often gang fighting. As in dozens of kids rushing downstairs before school starts. We never had anything close to what is going on here it is another world. As for Chinese stars ect these kids sometimes have guns.Ah the good old days huh? I can't remember girls at our school beating each other in the head with locks can you? You don't understand it unless you have witnessed it. These kids have attacked principles and tell the cops to f off on occasion when they are being cuffed-different ball game.

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