Police: Disturbance involving 100 people stems from other incidents

Police: Disturbance involving 100 people stems from other incidents

Police estimate 75 to 100 people were involved in a disturbance Tuesday afternoon that stemmed from several other disturbances over the last two days.

Fitchburg police responded to the intersection of King James Way and King James Court for reports of a disturbance around 5:40 p.m., according to a news alert.

Earlier in the afternoon, officers had taken a report from a parent whose child was involved in a fight Monday afternoon after students got off a bus, police said. The kids involved knew each other from Verona High School. Police said those kids also got into a second disturbance at Verona High School on Tuesday.

Students in the area said a girl who tried to stop the fight on Monday became the target on Tuesday.

“There are high school students that attend Verona schools that are the primary involved parties,” Fitchburg police Lt. Chad Brecklin said. “However, what’s happened is that we have adults who have now interjected themselves into this situation.”

Shortly after officers took the report of the Monday fight, another disturbance broke out between the kids and several adults Tuesday afternoon, according to the alert.

As officers were investigating the disturbance Tuesday afternoon, another larger disturbance broke out with more adults getting involved, police said.

Several kids and adults were detained during the incident, according to the release. Police continue to investigate the disturbance.

Two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

On Wednesday, the Verona Area School District sent an email message to parents saying that disturbances at the high school were not tied to the community disturbance.

The district said that some people involved in the disturbance in the community are VASD students and the school took precautionary measures to ensure staff and students were safe Wednesday. The district said the measures included school consequences and increased police and administrative presence at the high school. The district said it’s working with police.