The Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the scene on Wednesday afternoon of a massive brawl involving about 40 students which caused the administration to issue what it ominously called a “code red.”
In the midst of the chaos, officers responding to the school at about 2:30 p.m. took into custody a pregnant 16-year-old student who allegedly kicked a pregnant paramedic who was attending to her at the scene of the melee. Neither suffered serious injuries, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explained. No one else apparently suffered significant harm in the large altercation either.
“Milwaukee Police rushed to the scene to assist resource officers who were overwhelmed with the situation. According to police, 30-40 students and non-students were involved in a fight inside of the school,” Breaking 911 reported.
The rest of the students who essentially had been on lockdown inside their classrooms were sent home in a “staggered dismissal” after the brawl died down.
The cause of the fisticuffs has yet to be determined.
Cops issued several citations for disorderly conduct, and an investigation into the school violence is ongoing. Disciplinary action for those students involved as imposed by school district officials is pending the results of the law enforcement probe.
Formerly Milwaukee’s Custer High School, the facility on the city’s north side was renamed in honor of the 44th president.
“Cell phone video shows screaming, fighting, and chaos inside the halls of Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education Wednesday afternoon. The video shows dozens of students beating on each other, a fight that led to a huge police response and had many parents worried for their children’s safety,” CBS News Milwaukee affiliate WDJT reported.
Many of the students there are “pregnant and enrolled in specialized coursework at the school,” WDJT added.
A representative of the Milwaukee Public Schools issued a statement about the brawl at the Obama high school.
“We are cooperating with the Milwaukee Police Department as it investigates an incident that happened at the school at about 2:30 p.m. We will take appropriate disciplinary action against any student involved.”
“[It] serves students in a small school setting aimed at high achievement in reading, writing, and math. We offer students a project-based, career-centered and partner-supported education…” The school’s stand-alone website adds that the staff seeks to inspire “a vision, mission and culture of high expectations.”
In a wholly unrelated incident that occurred in the city of Milwaukee, a toddler tragically died last Friday after allegedly drinking her mother’s methadone from a water bottle.
According to an analysis published by Law Street headlined “Crime in America 2015,” Milwaukee is the seventh most dangerous city in the U.S. “Milwaukee, Wisconsin jumped onto the list of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities for the first time last year after an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that the police department misreported more than 500 violent crimes between 2009 to 2012. The city moved up the list to its current position as the #7 Most Dangerous City with a violent crime rate of 1,364 violent crimes per 100,000 people.”
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