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Parma police investigating fight involving parents, high school students

Posted at 2:46 PM, Sep 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 17:52:59-04

Parma police are currently investigating a fight between several parents and students near the high school, and a threat made against the school.  

The fight happened Wednesday and began after parents of a student from Parma High School confronted another student who previously had a dispute with their child, police said. 

The fight did not happen on school property. It happened down the street from the high school. 

On Friday, Parma City School District issued a statement about the fight and a social media posting that refereed to a student to bring a gun to the high school. 

"It was reported to school administration that a posting on social media referred to a student planning on bringing a gun to school. Parma High Administration learned early in the morning of the post and quickly began an investigation and Parma Police were notified," the statement said. "The student that was referred to in the post was not in the Parma High building or on school grounds. The Parma Police began their investigation and it was determined the school was safe."

The high school was never placed on lockdown, the statement said. 

As of Friday afternoon, all participants were being identified and interviewed. The case will be sent to the Parma Prosecutor's Office for criminal charges. 

A recording of the fight was shared several times on social media. The video shows several dozen people fist fighting and pushing each other over bicycles.

According to two 911 calls, the fight was between about 40 people with someone pulling something out of their backpack. The fight occurred near 54th Street and Grantwood. 

"You have about 40 kids beating each other up," a woman told a police dispatcher. "I don't know if knives are out or not, but the one kid doesn't look good."

Listen to the two calls below: