Brawl Breaks Out Between Parents, High School Students

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PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Police were called to Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights twice Tuesday to break up an altercation that escalated into a brawl.

A 911 caller reported, “We’ve got a huge fight between parents and kids and all our administrators.”

According to police, the trouble began earlier in the day with a disturbance between two sixteen-year-old girls. Police responded, and everything was under control. But they were called back 40 minutes later to break up the melee.

“Security came, Parma Heights police came, it was a big crowd,” said Joe Dmitruk, whose neighbor was at the school.

Police say each teen girl’s mom was called to come to the school to sort out the altercation. Each mom brought along an adult daughter; which made it 3 on 3.

“It took quite a few staff members to get this under control and get the parties separated,” said Sgt Steve Scharschmidt.

At least six administration staff members were involved and suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fight is under investigation, and police are also reviewing security camera video and other evidence.

Scharschmidt said the students are facing disciplinary action from the school and also criminal charges.

He said the girls, their sisters and the mothers could be charged with assault, criminal damaging and rioting.

Both police and residents called the situation “sad” because “school is supposed to be a place of learning,” not brawling.

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