Black gang high school riot hurts 7 cops

7 Officers Injured At SchoolThe Associated Press
Published: March 1, 2008…?news-breaking

MIAMI – More than two dozen students were arrested and seven police officers injured Friday after a student protest at a high school turned into a brawl.
Detective Ed Torrens of the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department said 27 students – both boys and girls – faced charges such as disorderly conduct, battery on police officers and resisting arrest with violence. All likely will be handled as juvenile cases, he said.
The disturbance at Miami Edison Senior High School began shortly after 11 a.m. during a protest at the first lunch period by some students over the arrest Thursday of another student, Torrens said. There were claims the student was handled roughly when he was arrested on charges of assaulting the assistant principal.
“We thought they were going to stage a walkout as a protest,” Torrens said. “It just mushroomed into students throwing chairs, throwing food, and that started a huge melee and fight.”
Dozens of police cars responded to the school north of downtown Miami, which has an enrollment of more than 1,100. Injuries to the officers included a dislocated shoulder, a broken nose, a twisted ankle, and cuts and bruises.
No students or teachers were seriously injured, although at least two were taken to the hospital.
Miami Edison recently celebrated its move from a designation of an “F” or failing to “D” based on Florida’s ranking of public schools. Last year, only 10 percent of students met reading standards; less than a third met state math standards.
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