CBS Chicago, May 13, 2014
Police arrested six students at Streamwood High School on Tuesday, after a fight that prompted a “hold in place” order at the school.
Six students were arrested in connection with the fight. No one was seriously hurt, although one student had 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 groups mounted for some time, ignited through social media.
Parents say just a few weeks ago, students and police met to defuse tensions, apparently to no avail.
[Editor’s Note: Streamwood High School is 51 percent Hispanic and 7 percent black.]