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Police respond to another 'riot-like' fight among Harrisburg teens

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Harrisburg police said a second large fight involving high school students occurred Friday night in the Allison Hill section of the city.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. along Park Street near 17th Street, according to homeowner Malia Hill.

Hill said her 14-year-old son was involved in a fight with a boy in Reservoir Park, but by the time she arrived back at her house, 20-30 people -- including adults -- had shown up for her son.

"It made no sense," Hill said. "You got bats, tasers -- against what?"

As neighbors called 911, Hill said one boy used a baseball bat to smash in her railing while others stormed her porch.

She said police officers arrived on scene approximately 30 minutes later, and broke up the fight before anyone was seriously hurt.

This comes two days after a large brawl was caught on camera along Rudy Road. School had just let out for a half day around noon Wednesday when a fight broke out between four to five students. Dozens of other kids then gathered around to watch.

No one was hurt in that incident, but several cars were badly damaged.

John Harris High School principal Eugene Spells said the students involved in Wednesday's fight have been identified and "dealt with" according to school board regulations.

"The fights are not racially motivated," Spells said. "So for people to continually say that is inaccurate. It's just young people having difficulty dealing with disagreements with other people."

Spells attended Tuesday night's meeting of the Bellevue Park Board to address neighbors' concerns. He said a majority of student issues result from altercations and threats made on Facebook.

"It's not a school issue, per say, but school's end up having to deal with it," he said.

Harrisburg police said they made one arrest in connection to Friday's fight.

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