Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Four Arrested, One Injured in Fight, Robbery at Berkeley High School

Eleven police cars, an ambulance and a crime scene investigation van responded to Berkeley High School on Monday Oct. 17, 2011. (Photo by Doug Oakley)

By Doug Oakley
Staff Writer
Bay Area News Group
Four juveniles were arrested and one injured at Berkeley High School Monday afternoon in connection with a fight and a strong arm robbery, police said.
Police do not know if the incidents were related, but dispatchers received 911 calls on both incidents in short succession.
A middle school student was treated for facial cuts and released by Berkeley fire department paramedics on the Berkeley High campus.
Police believe the fight at Berkeley High evolved from an altercation at nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. A boy was assaulted at the middle school. He then rode the bus to Berkeley High where a second fight started involving the boy and high school students, police said
Shortly after police received the 911 call about students fighting, a second call came in about a strong arm robbery involving a cell phone, said.
Berkeley High Principal Pasquale Scuderi confirmed that at least two of the juveniles arrested were Berkeley High students.
Eleven patrol cars, an ambulance and a crime scene investigation van converged on the campus within minutes of the emergency calls.
Berkeley High officials have increased security on campus this fall after several incidents in which students were arrested for carrying guns to school.
Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley


  1. This is a news story? What kind of a sissy society have we become? I think this story casts Berkeley High in a negative light, and possibly undeservedly so. Fights involving facial cuts happened several times a year in the two high schools I attended during the 1970s, in Ireland and Australia, neither of which were considered particularly rough schools. As for the robbery, kids extorted and stole things from other kids back then too. The issue of guns in schools is far more serious, of course, and is newsworthy. What is described in this story seems like pretty normal behaviour for adolescent boys.

  2. http://berkeley.accountableschools.com/