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Five Greece Olympia Students Arrested in Two Separate Incidents Monday

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Five Greece Olympia High School students were arrested after two separate fights that police say happened on the school campus Monday.

Greece Police say the first fight involved two female students.

Police say they were arrested and charged misdemeanor assault.

The second involved three young men.

Police say it happened in the school cafeteria around noon.

All three boys face misdemeanor criminal nuisance charges.

One also faces felony assault for pushing and injuring the school security guard who tried to break up the fight.

"We plan to maintain order in our schools. So, if you're gonna get in a fight, you're gonna get arrested. It's pretty much that simple, there's no place for it in our schools," Captain Pat Phelan said.

Parents had mixed reactions.

"I'm upset because I been tryin’ to get my son help for the past two years, and not only my son, but all these kids, they end up in gangs and in violence and the system doesn't do anything. They don't do anything. They wait until a child commits a crime or they end up dead in order to step in," Ramonita Carrion-Mateo said.

"I'm pretty glad that something is actually happening to these kids that are harming security guards and all that. You know, kids have to know they can't get away with this kind of stuff. It's about time. I have a son who goes here, and to me it's like, I want him safe," another parent said. She did not want to be identified for fear her son would be retaliated against.

Police said the five students involved in the fight are under the age of 16, so they are not releasing names.


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