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Students arrested during brawl

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MILWAUKEE (WSAU)  Thirty students were arrested yesterday in a brawl at Milwaukee’s combined middle school and high school in the Bay View neighborhood. Police are still trying to figure out what triggered the melee. Media reports said it might have started on a bus yesterday morning, before it spilled into the school cafeteria. Some witnesses said it was caused by a long-time dispute among certain students.

Two 11-year-olds were taken to a Milwaukee police station and released to their parents. 28 other youngsters were given citations for disorderly conduct. At a news conference later in the day, Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski called Bay View unsafe – and officials must work on an immediate plan to upgrade the school’s safety policies.

School Board member Meagan Holman disagreed that Bay View is unsafe. But she said the incident took away some good work by school and neighborhood parents to improve the school’s low academic performance, and create a positive environment. State officials had declared Bay View as one of Wisconsin’s lowest-performing high schools – and the school received a federal grant and consultants to try and turn things around.

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