Lehigh County officials say police have had to deal with an increased number of incidents involving misbehavior by students in the last month.
On November 5, Allentown police officers were called to Trexler Middle School to respond to a brawl that got out of hand. According to police reports, two students were arrested, some teachers (who tried to break up the fight) were injured, and the school was shut down for approximately two hours. The melee apparently started in the cafeteria and soon spread to the halls and even outside the school.
A week earlier, students at Allen High were caught on camera assaulting a police officer after school had been dismissed for the day. Five students were arrested after that altercation, and four police officers were injured. A day later, a student at Dieruff High School pushed a teacher down some bleachers at a pep rally. That student was arrested and faces charges in juvenile court.
Just before Thanksgiving, police were again called to Trexler, where they found six middle school students drinking vodka on school grounds. Police say that school officials did not report any unruly behavior by any of the six girls detained, and that none of them required any medical treatment. Police administered blood alcohol tests on all six and found that they all had a small quantity of alcohol in their bloodstream. Five of the girls were 11 years old and the oldest was 12. Police seized a bottle of vodka that one of the girls had apparently brought from home. The girls were all released into the custody of their parents.
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