YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Wednesday, WKBN obtained video of last Tuesday’s fight at East High School which led to at least one person being charged and three days of class being canceled.
In the video, you can see a large crowd starting to gather and fight. Around the edges of the screen, more and more people come in.
Nine hundred students were on campus that day, but only about 50 were involved in the fight, which started over an argument about scuffed shoes.
A few minutes later, you can see police breaking up the fight. Later, they use pepper spray, and a student can be seen lying on the ground.
Police arrested two students who they said refused to stop fighting.
School was closed the next day, and the full student body didn’t come back to class until Monday, March 14.
The school security officers are Youngstown Police officers, hired to work in the schools when they’re off duty. WKBN reached out to school security chief Bill Morvay. He praised the first officers at the scene, saying they got a dangerous situation under control.
He said, in part, “…their quick response…directly contributed to minimize the risk of serious injury, not only to officers but students and staff as well.”
No serious injuries were reported during the riot.