Black, Hispanic students arrested after race-based fight
Police arrested six students at Streamwood High School on Tuesday, after a race-related fight broke out among them.
No one was seriously injured, but one student did have a bloody lip.
It was unclear how many students were involved in the fight. Police from Streamwood and several surrounding suburbs responded after a racially-based lunchroom brawl quickly spun out of control.
“It was at least 40 kids fighting, then it travelled all the way up to the 2nd floor. They fought inside the offices,” said student Deshawn Cavin.
Even inside the school office, the brawl continued.
“The African-Americans and the Hispanics, they were just attacking each other today,” said student Sarah Sullivan.
Tensions between the two groups, ignited by social media, have been brewing for some time. Parents say that it was just a few weeks ago when students and police met to diffuse to situation, obviously to no avail.
Police planned to have additional supervision at the school Wednesday. Officers from Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Bartlett, Hanover Park and the Cook County Sheriff’s Police were all called in to assist at Streamwood High.
Streamwood is located just north west of Chicago.
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