2010-02-18 / Local & State

Charges Expected After ‘Near-Riot’ At Pa. School

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say disciplinary action and charges are expected after what they call a “near-riot’’ at a central Pennsylvania high school.

Officials say the 9:30 a.m. Friday melee involved more than 100 ninth- and 10th-grade girls at Central Dauphin East High School in Lower Paxton Township. School officials say no injuries were reported and classes continued as usual.

School spokeswoman Shannon Leib says she does not know what sparked the fracas, but with 1,700 students, “there will be disruptions from time to time.’’ Police Lt. Gary Seefeldt says it was the first time this school year that additional officers were needed at the school.

Leib says those involved face disciplinary action that could include suspension or expulsion. Police say they are reviewing video surveillance and interviewing staff members and plan to file criminal charges.

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