VIDEO: Massive brawl erupts at Detroit's East English Prep Academy, classes cancelled
A police investigation into the fights determined it could be "gang-related" said Detroit Public Schools Community District in a statement
A canteen fight at a Detroit high school on October 11 quickly turned violent after chairs were being flung across the hall, one of which hit a police officer in the head. The fight took place at the English Village Preparatory Academy and sources revealed it had been brewing for weeks. Students at the school pulled out their phones to film the mania that unfolded in the premises with screaming students around. Videos show punches being thrown at some students directly involved in the fight, others banded together to throw chairs around, and another section cheered from the sidelines, encouraging them to fight further.
2021 has seen an uptick in school brawls. On the morning of September 29, several fights broke out at the Annapolis High School in Maryland which resulted in the stabbing of two students who were sent to the hospital with cuts and puncture wounds. Seven students were arrested in the aftermath of the violent fight. On September 23, a huge fight broke out at the Meadowbrook High School in the afternoon following which there were rumors of knives and weapons being used during the brawl. Chesterfield County Police's School Resource Officer Anthony Bowen was caught on camera using his body to shield a mob from attacking a young man and he was hailed as a hero on the Internet. In July, two Boston cops were hospitalized after McKinley school students brutally attacked them as they tried to break up a bus fight.
Students overturned trash cans, stood on tables, during chaotic fight
School resource officers present on the premises had to call the cops after the fights turned out of control. Shortly after, they had law enforcement come in, all sirens blazing and one of the cops was hit in the head with a chair. A report said multiple students were arrested after the fight but the school district's spokeswoman Chrystal Wilson said she hadn't heard about the arrests on October 11. The district released a statement saying no one was seriously injured during the brawl.
"After the school was settled and students returned to their classrooms, a police investigation into the fights determined that it could be gang-related and additional fights could occur," the Detroit Public Schools District said. "To ensure the safety of all students and staff, a structured and controlled early dismissal process was used," the statement continued. A parent said the fight was foreshadowed and was building up over the past couple of weeks.
"Every day since school has been in, it's been ongoing. Fight, people bringing weapons. They fight all day in school. Parents bring other kids up here to fight kids. It's out of control. My baby called me and told me that she couldn't breathe and that she was on the way to her next class and they pepper-sprayed her," the parent said.