As a graduate of Cardinal Mooney and a resident of Youngstown, I am appalled by the comments following this story about as much as I'm concerned about the story itself and the video accompanying it.
At no point would I condone violence and there is fault on both sides, but the coverage of this story is ridiculous. The headline suggests that the Mooney students were solely to blame when it is clear that they are not. The video is clearly edited, as there is no way a full out melee could take place in 2 minutes and 47 seconds. The angle doesn't show what happened at the door. Why not release the other camera angle for the full story?
Knowing that some of the kids involved are under 18 and by law their names are not being released, it was irresponsible of vindy.com to host the video on this site. I know some of these students, and one of them is very clearly identifiable in the video, and he is underage.
The reporting on this story is quite exaggerated. Frankly, I've seen worse fights in classrooms during elementary school in Youngstown. The students have all been suspended from school even though this was not on school property or during a school function and that does a disservice to them as students.
March 17, 2009 at 5:32 p.m.