HILL DISTRICT (KDKA) – A large police presence was called to a school in the Hill District Monday morning.
According to officials at the scene, a large fight broke out inside the University Prep School around 10 a.m.
According to Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh, the fight was the result of a neighborhood rivalry. The victim said she was jumped in the hallway. It escalated to about 30 girls being involved in total and involved screaming, kicking and punches being thrown.
Initially, officials believed the fight started with two girls arguing over a boy.
One girl was taken to the hospital with a minor injury.
9th grader Amina Morris said she was attacked in the hallway.
“I was in the corner, and they started hitting me, so my friends came in,” She said. “This is a school where you gotta fight, you just gotta fight.”
Some parents arrived at the school in the aftermath, but were unable to get their kids because the school was on lockdown.
“When I got here, I talked to her and they said she can’t leave, they have the school on lockdown. I’m like, ‘What the hell is going on up here?’” Charmaine Bemus said.
Classes resumed after the girls involved in the fight were removed from the school.
“It did take a while to get the situation under control and those students are being taken home and removed from the building,” Pugh said.
Parents say it is not the first time that students were fighting. Jascica Thrower said she warned the principal that trouble was brewing weeks ago.
“You have children coming form different neighborhoods, who have always hated each other. And you’re shutting schools down, making them go to school with each other, and you’re not fixing the problem,” said Thrower.
Charges are expected to be filed against those involved in the fight.
There have been concerns from a school police officer, school security guard and teacher that they may have received injuries.
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