MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Category: LOCAL NEWS

Teacher KNOCKED OUT During Girl Fight at Cheltenham High School

WYNCOTE, Pa. (WPVI) — Video shows a fight that erupted in Cheltenham High School on Wednesday morning, and it ends with a teacher being knocked to the ground, apparently unconscious.

The now-viral video shows the incident that happened around 7:30 a.m.

The video begins with two female students in a confrontation. Within moments, they begin to fight.

Not long after, two more girls can be seen fighting.

The nearly minute-long video shows the violence escalate, with the girls throwing punches and going to the ground.

At one point a teacher intervenes in an apparent attempt to break up the fight.

She was then hit in the head, apparently by accident, and falls to the ground. She remains still and does not move before the video ends. We’ve learned she was sent to the hospital.

The school district’s superintendent sent a letter to parents indicating several teachers were injured during the melee, but there was no information as to the severity of any of those injuries.

Meanwhile, we spoke with several students and parents who say that not only is fighting a lingering problem at Cheltenham High, but there were one or two more fights later Wednesday.

They say that’s in addition to at least a dozen more fights over the past four weeks.

“Around 15 I’d say, but there’s been a lot. I’ve been here four years and it’s just exponentially growing,” said senior Andrew Crosby.

“I’m surprised that it’s never been covered until finally there was video evidence of what’s going on in that building,” said parent Christopher Dean.

Repeated calls to the police and the school district by Action News were not returned.

In a earlier letter to parents, Principal Ray McFall said there was no official lockdown called, but first period was extended while police and school officials dealt the the situation.

The students involved were removed from the school, McFall said. There was no immediate word on any charges.

McFall went on to say there were additional adults in the building to monitor hallways and exterior areas, but the school is now calm and the school day is proceeded as usual.

McFall noted that counselors were available for students who need to talk about the incident.
The letter goes on to say that fighting will not be tolerated.

McFall also had strong words about those who record fights on video, saying “Those who are found to have filmed a fight will meet with swift disciplinary actions.”

“This morning’s incident, is without doubt, a gross violation of our code of conduct and therefor completely unacceptable. I ask that every single parent have a serious conversation at home this evening about student stressors and appropriate management of them; violence is never a viable option,” McFall’s statement reads.
“Students who are experiencing extreme conflict and stress must seek out an adult and deal with it appropriately in a timely manner before the stress erupts into a fight as it did this morning.”

PA Woman Fractured Infant Baby’s Skull then said 6 Year Old Son Did It

Angelica Colon, 29, of East Stroudsburg, faces several charges after allegedly beating a 6-week-old infant to the point of multiple skill fractures. (Courtesy photo | For

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Police say a Pennsylvania woman fractured her infant’s skull and tried to blame the injuries on her 6-year-old son.

Stroud Area Regional police say doctors determined the injuries to the 6-week-old were “massive” and “consistent with a punch, kick or slam.” Doctors also found evidence of past head trauma and say the boy likely will be disabled because of brain injuries.

Twenty-nine-year-old Angelica Colon is jailed on attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other charges. A public defender for the East Stroudsburg woman didn’t immediately comment on the charges Tuesday.

Police interviewed Colon after the infant was first hospitalized April 13. They say she told them her 6-year-old son grabbed the boy out of his crib then accidentally dropped him, waking her up.

4 People Arrested for Pimping Out 14 Year Old Girl in North Philly

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia police say four people have been charged, and one more is being sought, for the alleged human trafficking of a 14-year-old girl.

The investigation began on the afternoon of April 25, when the teen walked into Temple University Hospital saying she had been sexually assaulted multiple times by several men.

The victim told detectives the she had run away from home on Sunday, April 23, and met up with 18-year-old Shaikey Copper.

The girl considered Copper to be a friend, police say. He allegedly told her he had work for her to do.

They went back to his home in the 4200 block of North 8th Street where, police say, the girl was sexually assaulted.

Copper then allegedly took her to the home of 23-year-old Reggie Jamal Fields in the 1800 block of North 20th Street.

There, police say, Copper had 21-year-old Fantasia Gale post an online advertisement, offering sex with the girl for money.

The girl was then forced into sex with multiple men over the course of two days, police say.

“She was actually transported to different locations to do the dates, and she was being driven to those locations by the offenders,” said Detective Kate Gordon of the Special Victims Unit.

Detectives say the teen was able to escape by convincing the suspects she was going to buy them something at a bodega near where she was being held.

At that bodega, police say, she was given a bus token by a good Samaritan.

“She was able to take the bus and get to the hospital,” said Gordon.

Copper, Fields and Gale have been arrested.

“These particular defendants were very much aware that this was a child,” Gordon said.

Another man, 23-year-old Shawn Jackson, was also arrested for his alleged involvement in this case.

Police are currently seeking yet another man, 24-year-old Angelo Romero from the 1600 block of North Worrell Street.

Man Chased in the House and Shot in the Face in North Philly

NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — One man was killed, and another was injured after gunfire erupted in North Philadelphia.

More than 20 gunshots rang out before 12 a.m. Monday on the 300 block of North 10th Street.

Police say a 29-year-old man was chased inside a home and shot in the face.

He later died at the hospital.

The second man was taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition.

Witnesses told police the suspect ran from the scene.

Police are working to determine who fired the shots and why.

Teen Accidentally Shot Friend in the Face Trying to Wake Him Up For School in Southwest Philly

SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Police say a teenager was accidentally shot in the face by a friend who was trying to wake him up for school.

It happened just after 7 a.m. Monday at the victim’s home in the 5300 block of Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia.

According to investigators, a 16-year-old was trying wake up a 17-year-old.

When the 17-year-old didn’t wake up at first, police say the 16-year-old pointed a gun at him. He allegedly told investigators he did it as a joke.

The 17-year-old woke up, but the gun startled him. When he went to push it away, the gun went off, investigators say.

Medics rushed the victim to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in critical condition.

There was no word on any charges as the investigation continues.

Police are also working to determine where the gun came from.