A confrontation between two female Jersey City high school students that escalated to a principal being punched, as well as an unrelated brawl between a group of students, led to nine people being arrested today, an official said.
Around 11:30 a.m. today, two female students at Snyder High School got into a fist fight. Their guardians were asked to come and pick them up around noon, according to Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas, who also now serves as a spokesman for the school district.
One of the student’s guardians was her grandmother, who drove her car and requested the school escort the child into the vehicle. When this transfer was happening, school officials said that the mother of the other student, who had come to pick up, told her child “to go f*** her up, Thomas explained.
As a result, the student ran to the other car, opened the door and started assaulting the other girl. The principal of Snyder intervened and tried to break up the fight, but got hurt in the process. The principal was treated by Concentra, the school medical provider, officials said.
The police were called and both the mother and student were arrested for aggravated assault on a school official. This all transpired before student broke for lunch at 12:30 p.m., Thomas stated.
Additionally, yesterday there was an altercation among many young adults at an undisclosed location on Martin Luther King Drive and a group fight ensued. This fight carried over to outside of Snyder High School today during after hours, explained Thomas.
The actors involved were mainly former Snyder students and others who had no affiliation to the school. It is believed, but it is not clear, that at least two of the nine people arrested were students, he said.
“We are obviously very concerned about these multiple but unrelated incidents around the Snyder ecosystem today. Our first concern is for the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff,” Thomas added.