YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a mostly full house for a Youngstown City Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, following a fight at East High School in which police were called and several people were taken away in handcuffs.
The fight was the major topic of discussion at the meeting. Former School Board member Clarence Boles said the district can’t tolerate such actions.
“We did not tolerate physical violence in our building, fights in our building, that would escalate to five, six, 10 people,” he said.
Sabrina Brandoon, and East High School graduate said her granddaughter was sprayed with pepper spray while officers tried to break up the fight. She blamed a lack of outreach from parents and the community.
“We gotta start speaking to these kids, speak life into them. If we don’t start speaking to our kids, they’re lost souls,” she said to applause from those in attendance.
Jimma McWilson said he watched the events unfold and compared the police response to military action.
“I watched the police officer slam a kid into the back of a car, get angry at five other kids watching, say he shouldn’t do it,” he said.
Board President Brenda Kimble said board members are still are looking into what happened but said changes have to happen.
“Because when these things happen, and school has to be dismissed, and students are sent home, then those students who want to learn are losing out on their education,” she said.
At least one person has been charged in relation to the fight, and six people were taken away from the school in handcuffs. The day’s classes, as well as Wednesday’s classes, were canceled as a result.