Saturday, April 13, 2002

NCH lunchtime brawl worries school officials

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

        NORTH COLLEGE HILL — School officials here say they will reevaluate their off-campus lunch policies following a fight Thursday that clogged a major intersection and left four adults and four juveniles facing charges.

        The fight involved 10 to 20 people, but more than 100 people watching jammed the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Galbraith Road during lunch hour. There were no injuries, North College Hill Police Chief Paul Toth said.

        Police said students from Finneytown and North College Hill high schools seemed to be involved.

        “It appears to be gang-related,” Chief Toth said. “It appeared to come out of an incident that occurred in the Finneytown area Wednesday.

        “We believe we have new gangs forming up. We think it's a breaking down of one gang and two new gangs coming on.”

        The fight started about 12:38 p.m., when North College Hill students were out for lunch. Police officers from North College Hill, Springfield Township, Mount Healthy and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office were called. Order was restored in about an hour.

        “Students for decades have gone out to lunch in our community,” North College Hill Schools Superintendent Gary Gellert said. “Recently, there have been increased incidents that cause us concern and we are going to re-evaluate that policy. Very likely there will be adjustments made.”

        NCH students found to be fighting could be suspended, he said. “We will not tolerate poor behavior in the community.”

        The four adults arrested and their charges were:

        • David A. Sanders, 18, Springfield Township, disorderly conduct and rioting.

        • Donnell Hughes, 21, Springfield Township, outstanding warrants.

        • Marquis Snow, 19, Springfield Township, no operator's license.

        • Todd Oehler, 35, North College Hill, outstanding warrants.


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