Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal, September 13, 2011
A group of about 50 juvenile males who appeared “agitated” and were armed with baseball bats and bricks clashed in front of Ferris High School Monday, an altercation that led to the arrest of a 16-year-old male accused of throwing a baseball bat at a police officer.
The altercation, which occurred at around 3:15 p.m., shortly after the school was dismissed, involved about 30 Hispanic males and 20 black males, according to reports.
They had separated from a larger group of about 100 males who were “swarming” at the intersection of Montgomery and Brunswick streets, on the southeast corner of the Ferris campus, police said.
When police attempted to stop the brawl, they observed the 16-year-old male ready to strike another juvenile with an aluminum baseball bat, reports said. The brawlers ran in different directions, and the 16-year-old, after running about 20 feet, stopped and threw the bat at an officer, according to reports.
The bat he allegedly threw at the officer was hollowed out and filled with gravel “in an attempt to make it heavier so that it can cause more damage when swung,” police said.