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DC schools respond to Metro station brawl

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School administrators are stepping up efforts to prevent violence among D.C. high school students who ride Metro.

In response to a violent fight at the Gallery Place-Chinatown station on Friday, Principal David Pinder of McKinley Technology High School and Principal Pete Cahall of Woodrow Wilson High School, released a joint statement:

"McKinley Tech and Wilson High are incredible schools with storied histories. As this process takes its course the administrative teams at both schools are working collectively with our MPD and Metro partners, DCPS and district support teams to ensure that students are safe traveling to and from school and that those students who initiated the conflict are held accountable."

About half a dozen juveniles were arrested at the scene of the altercation.

It turns out Metro was expecting a possible fight. Metro Transit Police and D.C. police held a conference call at around 2 p.m. each school day to keep on top of student disciplinary issues and rivalries. They were alerted to an ongoing dispute between kids from McKinley Tech and Wilson High School.

Extra officers were in place, but the fight was so large, backup had to be called in. There were no reports of weapons, or any serious injuries.

Officials say there was also a brawl among students at Union Station on Thursday. Investigators are looking into whether Friday's incident may have been retaliation.

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