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Student Arrested After Fight At Philadelphia School

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A student is in police custody after a fight at a program for emotionally disturbed students on the grounds of Simon Gratz High School Wednesday morning.

It happened at the Alternative Pupil Support program, which serves about 40 emotionally disturbed students in a facility housed at Gratz High, which is run by Mastery Charter Schools.

Mastery CEO Scott Gordon says a fight broke out just before 8:30 a.m.

“A student was very upset, and got into a fight with another student … the director of the program broke up the fight,” Gordon explained.

Gordon said the director fell to the floor while trying to break up the fight, but she was not injured.

Gordon says the 17-year-old student who instigated the fight was arrested by police.

A third student who was elbowed in the melee was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Gordon said Gratz High itself was not involved, and no classes there were disrupted.

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