Seven Juveniles Arrested Following School Fight

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PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Seven students in Luzerne County were arrested Wednesday morning after a school fight.

Police say it took 20 minutes to break up the fight at Plains Alternative Learning Center on Carey Street in Plains Township.

Initially, school resource officers tried to calm the situation on their own, but they ended up needing backup from Plains Township police and other agencies.

Seven juveniles were arrested and later released to their parents.

Police say one teacher needed to be taken to the hospital. That teacher was treated and released.

At this point, police say they aren't ruling out that this may have been gang related.

People who work nearby say they've seen problems at the school in the past but never anything like this. Gregory Stella saw the commotion from his barbershop across the street.

"I've seen other problems there before, but I've never seen anything like this here because there were state troopers and police from different towns, Plains Township, the fire truck. I couldn't believe what was going on," said Stella.

the school is run by Intermediate Unit 18. It teaches students who have behavioral issues and can't be placed in public school.

"I think they should have a little more security in that school because of what they have in the school," Stella added.

Officers were able to get to the school within minutes of being called.

"We are very grateful to the immediate response by not only our school resource officers but by the local police and the state police. They answered their call of need here very quickly," said Principal Ronald Musto.

So far, no charges have been filed.

Students were dismissed early after the fight, but school will be back to normal Thursday.


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