Eighteen students expelled and an injured school employee out on leave for weeks. It's all the result of a so-called "fight club" at Schenectady's Mont Pleasant Middle School. Geoff Redick has more.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- On a nearly daily basis since last spring, police say school yard brawls have broken out in front of Mont Pleasant Middle School in Schenectady at dismissal time. There's now a heavy police presence outside the Schenectady school as kids are let out for the day.
The problem is a number of fights that have erupted between students, police officers and even parents. There were no fights this Tuesday afternoon, but neighbors say this is an ongoing problem they'd like to see stopped.
"My grandson went over here too and I've also have fights right here in the middle of my lawn when he was going there. I think it's just escalated this last year, a lot more," said neighbor June Alvord.
"There are some rivalries among some kids and who's in charge and who's in command. Well they need to know and understand that they're not, the police are and the schools and the parents need to be," said Schenectady Police Department Assistant Chief Jack Falvo.
These fights have led to police arresting students and even some parents. School leaders say they're working with police and parents on the problem.