Students arrested after school fight

March 10, 2010 3:41:47 PM PST
Chicago police arrested 16 students at Crane High School on the city's West Side after a fight broke out in the lunch room, according to a school board spokesperson.

Most of the students will be charged with disorderly conduct.

The fight began as a gang dispute in the lunchroom after sixth period. It led to a large police response to ensure the students left school without any more incidents. There were at least two dozen squad cars on hand and officers on every corner. The students were dismissed in an orderly fashion.

ABC7 was told no one was injured in the fight. School officials were concerned that the fight could escalate after school.

"We see this on a daily basis. It wasn't nothing new. But it was today because it was so chaotic. It got out of hand, the fire alarm was pulled like three times today, the fire department come here today like two or three times today," said one Crane student who did not want to be identified.

Part of the school's concern stems from an incident that happened two years ago near Crane. In March of 2008, 18-year-old senior Ruben Ivy was shot and killed in a fight off campus. Another student was also beaten with a golf club. Police responded in the aftermath with heavy security for several weeks.