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Arrests after D.C. school fight

UPDATE: Nobody was injured during the incident, which spilled out into the neighborhood near the school, according to a D.C. schools press release. The fight stemmed from a disagreement between rival "crews," the release said.

UPDATE: Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said two male juveniles were arrested, one for allegedly assaulting a school staff member, the other on a weapons charge.

ORIGINAL POST: At least one juvenile was arrested Tuesday after a fight in the cafeteria of Anacostia Senior High School, D.C. police said.

Officer Tisha Gant, a police spokeswoman, said officers were called to the school in the 1600 block of 16th Street SE to disperse a crowd of unruly young people.

How many students were involved in the fight is unclear, Gant said. She said a patrol car was damaged during the incident.

-- Paul Duggan

By Paul Duggan  | October 19, 2010; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  Paul Duggan, Schools, The District  
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Why not an article on the fights in the suburban schools, where kids get a kick out out of jumping other students and recording it? Thats goes ignored until one of the victims hurts themselves or brings a gun to school. I'm just saying this article sounds like another way of banding anything negative with Anacostia.

Posted by: Deuce10 | October 19, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

crews? Is the WAPO affraid to use the term "gang"?

Posted by: madmike272 | October 19, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

A fight and no one was injured. Right!

Posted by: Supporter51 | October 20, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

crews? Is the WAPO affraid to use the term "gang"?Posted by: madmike272

Uh, no! Its what they call themselves..."crews" and not gangs. A crew is more loosely structured and put together. They dont have "gang initiations" or "gang signs". A crew normally consist of 3 or more....Long story short, go to the hood and find out!

Posted by: usc932000 | October 20, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Deuce10 I see nothing 'racist' here or any thing that puts down one part of town. Criminal and bad behavior is just that,no matter where it occurs, whatever the demographic of the area. I would like to know how the DC schools plan to deal with this as violence is a big issue. If it happened in another part of the metro area I would have the same questions.

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 20, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I always thought a fight in which no one was hurt was a debate...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 20, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Whether we describe incidents like this as disagreements between "crews" or "gangs" our children are in desperate need of guidance. Another question "who do we have to guide them".

Posted by: deblesseed | October 20, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Anacostia HS has great students!! I tutored at the school for some time during the school day. What they need is a principal who cares --- maybe a Mr. Clark type and some office staff who take their job more seriously. Students are Ana are not only told by people in the community that they are "bad" but by teachers and even their own peer group in DC--- look how the marching band has changed Ballou!! C'mon now.

Posted by: no1snowflake | October 20, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"look how the marching band has changed Ballou!! C'mon now.

Posted by: no1snowflake"

Snowflake,
Are you serious? The Ballou Marching Band is very good and is something to be proud of, but do you really think that 1 aspect of a bad school has suddenly made it better? Just because they arent in the news as much for the hideous things that have happened there in the past dosent make them suddenly a good school. DCPS with or without Mrs. Rhee have (had) miles to go to catch up with any local school JD in even the basic School objectives such as safety. What teacher in his or her right mind would want to teach at a school were even the presence of the Police cant or wont stop such behavior as listed above?

Posted by: usc932000 | October 20, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The problem will never be fixed b/c everyone is focussing on silly material aspects - this crew against that crew...test scores...teachers...principals...ALL of this is NONSENSE.

WHAT OUR CHILDREN NEED IS LOVE. Simple...can i say it again, LOVE.

Some of you should really take a step back...outside of your bubblewrapped cushiony world...and realize that our children are not getting any LOVE....not getting any of the LOVE and/or ENCOURAGEMENT alot of us got from our parents (at critical ages of infancy to 5/6 yrs old).

Without LOVE from their parents and their community (the black and white community together, and I say this bc some of us blacks hate our youth as much as the whites do).

Love is the Answer...there is no other.

Posted by: fedupwithbs | October 20, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The problem of youth violence/shootings and the like will never be fixed b/c everyone is focussing on silly insignificant material aspects - this crew against that crew...test scores...teachers...principals...ALL of this is NONSENSE.

WHAT OUR CHILDREN NEED IS LOVE. Simple...can i say it again, LOVE.

Some of you should really take a step back...outside of your bubblewrapped cushiony world...and realize that our children are not getting any LOVE....not getting any of the LOVE and/or ENCOURAGEMENT alot of us got from our parents (at critical ages of infancy to 5/6 yrs old). Without this LOVE, a person is highly likely to resort to a lifestyle of Non-LOVE. It is a simple equation...not brain science...a person who gets no Love shows no Love...and this is why our Youth act the way they do.

Without LOVE from their parents and their community (the black and white community together, and I say this bc some of us blacks hate our youth as much as the whites do), what is to be expected?...Do we really expect these youth to want to show LOVE to anyone?

Love is the Answer...there is no other. Let's start there b/c the politicians never say teh word LOVE...and I still have yet to ever see LOVE proposed as a solution by anyone on here.

Peace

Posted by: fedupwithbs | October 20, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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