A dozen students of Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey, are facing charges after a huge brawl broke out, which was captured on camera by a terrified student.
NorthJersey.com reports that police were called Tuesday after the district reported a fight in the cafeteria. Deputy Chief Gregory Halstead said that by the time police arrived, school staff and security contained the situation.
“I heard a lot of yelling, punch noises, it was really scary,” Emily Duque, who filmed the fight, told CBS. “I was like, ‘Why is this happening?'”
Halstead estimates that between 10 and 12 students, both male and female, of "rival factions" were involved. One student sustained an injury to his eye and was treated on the scene by emergency workers.
“All females were yelling and trying to help the boys,” Duque said. “I saw multiple security [guards] running and trying to grab the kids.”
Now, 12 students are facing criminal charges, 11 are charged with failing to disperse while one is charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.
CBS reports that the school has 24 security guards across their six schools. Englewood Mayor Michael Wilds is hopeful that a police officer will be permanently placed in the school to prevent future incidents.
“They chose the wrong thing to do,” Dwight Morrow HS senior Elieser Rodriguez told the outlet. “It was just bad for everybody… We’re here to get our work done and that’s it. We’re not a school where we cause violence.”
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