10 Students in Custody After Brawl at Overbrook High School; 3 Injured

CBS Philly, November 18, 2013

Investigators say 10 students were taken into custody after a massive brawl at Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia.

The brawl, which was captured on cell phone video, allegedly began over a post on social media.


As a result of the incident, two students suffered minor injuries. A school administrator also suffered a minor leg injury.

“It’s mayhem. Students are in the halls, they’re smoking in the bathroom; cigarettes, marijuana,” said a worker at the school, who asked not to be identified. “We can’t contain them and it’s really hazardous for us working and these kids are not being educated at all.”


Only three hours after the initial brawl, the unidentified school worker captured cell phone video of students running across tables in the cafeteria to witness another fight.

“It’s a zoo in here. Parents really need to come up here and see what’s going on in this school because it’s ridiculous,” said the worker.


The high school was placed on lockdown.

[Editor’s Note: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010 Overbrook High School was 97 percent black, 1 percent Hispanic, and 1 percent white.]


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