An after-school fight promoted by students at Schenectady High School on Monday broke out a few blocks from school a half-hour after dismissal, knocking down part of a fence and spilling into the backyard of a Glenwood Boulevard home.
Schenectady police, who had been notified by school officials that a fight might be in the offing and increased their presence around the school, received multiple calls about a large group of kids gathering in the area of Parkwood Boulevard and Glenwood at around 4 p.m., a few blocks from the high school.
“I heard a crowd of people, I looked out and there is a pile of kids — I mean a pile of kids,” said Jean Hughes, who has lived on Glenwood for around 30 years and witnessed the incident. “The minute they heard the sirens . . . the kids scattered.”
By the time police arrived, the kids had broken up and dispersed, police Sgt. Matt Dearing said.
Multiple residents of the 1100 block of Glenwood said they witnessed the fight, which started on Center Alley before students spilled into the yard of the Myers family. The Myerses were sitting on their porch when they saw the group of kids stream onto Center Alley from surrounding areas.
Witnesses said it looked like there were at least 30 or 40 kids in the area. A picture of part of the fight provided to The Daily Gazette shows around a dozen kids in the Glenwood yard and another 20 or more on Center Alley. The kids appear to be either watching a scuffle in the yard or leaving the area.
The kids gathered in a circle before two of them started to fight, said Debra Myers, who has lived in the area for about a decade. She said one of them climbed on top of her son’s car. Her husband, her 27-year-old son and a friend of her son’s went into the yard to try to get the kids to disperse, while she went inside to call police.
Some of the kids knocked through part of the fence separating the Myers’ yard from Center Alley and spilled into the yard, Myers said. She said some of the kids “went after” her husband and son, including one who had a baseball bat. Her husband, son and son’s friend were all hit and scraped but did not suffer serious injuries, she said.
“We definitely felt they broke the law,” Myers said. “We have a no trespassing sign right on the fence, right where it was knocked down.”
High school administrators got word of an after-school fight brewing throughout the day Monday, Schenectady schools spokeswoman Karen Corona said. School administrators were also aware that a fight had broken out in the neighborhood surrounding the high school after school had been dismissed, she said.
School officials notified police that the fight was being “promoted,” and police increased their presence at the school for dismissal. High school administrators were still investigating the incident to see whether any school rules had been broken, Corona said.
“Whenever we hear that something might transpire, we will always contact police to let them know we are hearing something,” Corona said.
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