Rioting at Toledo middle school dance leads to 6 arrests

Six middle-school students were arrested shortly after 11 p.m. May 15 for rioting outside St. John’s Jesuit High School, according to police reports.

St. John’s Jesuit Director of Communications Chris Alexander confirmed the incident in a May 17 phone interview.

None of those arrested attend St. John’s Jesuit, Alexander said.

The high school, located at 5901 Airport Highway, had invited area sixth- and seventh-graders to an open dance that night, and two girls took a fistfight outside, Alexander said.

The fight drew attention from dance attendees, who went outside to watch. The situation escalated and the police were called, she said.

An officer had to “go through several hundred kids” in order to arrest the first suspect, who was observed hitting another child, the report said.

“When this happened,” the report said, “the rest of the children started to run all around yelling and screaming.”

St. John’s Jesuit Principal Christopher Knight did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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