By Doug Oakley
BERKELEY -- Berkeley High School Principal Pasquale Scuderi said "multiple" suspensions are expected following a large roving fight outside the school and in the downtown area Wednesday afternoon that resulted in four arrests.
There were no injuries.
Police said three juveniles were arrested for battery and one for resisting or delaying a police officer. In a letter to parents Thursday morning, Scuderi said one of the arrested students was from Berkeley High and one was from Berkeley Technology Academy, which is a Berkeley alternative high school. The status of the other two who were arrested has yet to be released.
Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Berkeley police responded to a fight near the school. When they arrived and broke it up, more fights broke out in intersections in the nearby downtown area as big crowds followed and watched.
"One of the most disturbing aspects of this was the way so many kids rushed toward the scenes of these incidents, and in a few cases, albeit unintentionally, made it difficult for school safety staff," to break them up, Scuderi said in the letter.
He urged parents to talk to their children about the negative impact of "the tendency and grim curiosity to run toward these types of conflict."
Scuderi said in the future students will be suspended when they "willingly or unwillingly" obstruct staff members who are trying to intervene.
Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley.