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6 Akron students arrested after brawl in East Community Learning Center cafeteria


AKRON, Ohio – Six students face disorderly conduct charges after a fight Wednesday morning at a high school on the east side of Akron.

A school resources officer and eight members of the school security team responded just after 10:30 a.m. to a scuffle in the cafeteria of the East Community Learning Center on Brittain Road near Bauer Boulevard, according to police and state schools. ‘Akron.

The brawl began with two students fighting and escalated when four more students became involved, Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said.

The school resources officer radioed for other officers to help. Police and school security were able to disperse the crowd without using force, Edwards said. No one was hurt.

Officers arrested six students, including five adults, Edwards said. Their names were not available Wednesday evening, pending the completion of an incident report.

Four of the students were charged with disorderly conduct and rioting, while the other two were only charged with disorderly conduct, Edwards said.

Students will also face discipline from the Akron Board of Education, depending on the school system.

“We expect our students to come to school to learn,” Superintendent David W. James said in a statement. “Sometimes those expectations are not met. That’s why we employ Akron police officers to protect students and staff.

James praised the officers and staff who acted quickly to ease the situation.

“We take our work and our commitment to our students and staff seriously and will not tolerate violence in a place of hope,” said James.

As a precaution, other Akron police units patrolled the grounds at the end of the school day, Edwards said.

The incident comes five days after a school resources official broke up a brawl at another Akron school.

Police and school officials are investigating a filmed fight involving a 12-year-old student at the Innes Community Learning Center in the southwest of the city.

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