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Fight outside city school leads to arrest of four

A melee outside Grover Cleveland High School at dismissal time Tuesday afternoon resulted in the arrest of two women, a man and a 16-year-old Emerson School student who was released early on a note from a parent, Buffalo school officials reported.

The incident involving at least two rival neighborhood groups was apparently set up in advance by students using cellular phones at school, according to Superintendent James A. Williams.

He pointed out, however, that of those arrested, three were adults not attending city schools and none of the arrests involved Grover students.

Police are investigating why the high school was selected as a site for the fight that began with a few individuals and blossomed into a larger group.

Police arrived shortly after the fight was reported. No weapons were seen and no serious injuries resulted, although a security guard was reported to have been inadvertently hit with chemical spray when police were breaking up the fight.

Arrested were: Susana Rivera, 24, of Chicago Street; Jessica M. Rodriguez, 21, of Hampshire Street; Jennifer Pacheco, 16, of Normal Avenue; and Jorge L. Carrion, 18, of Plymouth Avenue.

Rivera, Rodriguez and Pacheco were each charged with criminal trespass, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and multiple counts of disorderly conduct following the 2:15 p.m. brawl at the school at 110 14th St.

Carrion was arrested at about 3 p.m. at Normal and Porter avenues and charged with obstructing governmental administration and four counts of disorderly conduct after he allegedly became verbally abusive with police trying to break up the fight.

It was the latest in a string of fights that have broken out at city high schools over the last several weeks, many of which involved girls fighting with other girls.


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