Posted: Sep 23, 2013 10:13 PM by Steven Albritton
Updated: Sep 24, 2013 10:14 AM
Tuesday, students at Opelousas High School can expect heightened security, after a riot on campus Monday morning. Police were called to the school at 7 a.m. because of a fight which led to 18 students being arrested. Police say at least 15 will be charged with some sort of a crime and at least two students had minor injuries. Police also say gangs are to blame for the fight and social media played a big part.
Monday's fight wasn't a single incident. Police say they've had their eyes on certain groups of kids over the past few weeks getting into trouble.
"We have identified three gangs in the city of Opelousas that we've focused much of our attention on over the last few weeks. Some of the engagements they've had in the community spilled over into Opelousas High," Captain Martin McClendon of the Opelousas Police Department said.
Students at the high school told KATC the two rival gangs involved are known as ORG and Dread Gang Mafia.
One person who was tweeting about the fight posted a photo of the Fern & Bernice Streets intersection sign. Police weren't taking any chances and beefed up their presence in that area. They tell us many of the students live in this neighborhood.
"We have taken all of those involved off campus and we recommend to the school to not allow these individuals to return to school this year," Captain McClendon said.
Superintendent Ed Brown says so far no students have been expelled. All students involved in the fight will have to meet with administrators Tuesday. They will have the opportunity to tell their side of the story before school disciplinary action is taken.