Swissvale police are increasing patrols near a school bus stop where two major brawls happened the past few days.
Cell phone videos captured by students show a crowd of as many as 60 students and parents fighting in the streets of Swissvale, on both Monday and Tuesday.“They were riots”, says Swissvale Police Chief Greg Geppert. Even worse, the fights were made up of both kids, and adults. Police say they have already arrested five adults and minors, and are looking for close to a dozen more. The students, and parents were reportedly from the Woodland Hills School district.
“It was appalling. I’ve been very disappointed”, says Woodland Hills School Superintendent Alan Johnson. The superintendent says any students involved with the brawls will be suspended and expelled from school if possible.
Meantime, those who witnessed the fights in the neighborhood along south Braddock Avenue in Swissvale say they are afraid to walk to the store.
“I’m afraid for my life. I won’t go for a walk anymore”, says a woman who didn’t want to be identified.
Four different local police departments are working to find all of the students and adults fighting on the video.
Per Diversity in the Classroom 2008 reported by The New York Times online
• 60% – African American/Non Hispanic
• 39% – White/Non-Hispanic
• 1% – Asian/Pacific Islander
• 1% – Hispanic