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Police descend on riot at Miami Senior High

Dozens of police cruisers rushed to Miami Edison Senior High School Friday morning after a fight broke out in the campus courtyard. It was the latest in a series of violent incidents at Miami-Dade schools this week.

One man, possibly a plainclothes officer, was seen limping out of the school at 6161 NW Fifth Ct. At least one person needed to be hospitalized.

Several students, boys and girls, were seen taken out of the school in handcuffs. Police were looking for make multiple arrests.

Sixty to 70 police cruisers were surrounding the school -- cruisers from Miami, Miami-Dade and schools police. No other details were immediately available.

The school was on lockdown.

The incident apparently began as a peaceful protest, according to a teacher inside the school, but got out of hand. She said many were upset at the arrest of a male student in class on Thursday.

''They felt as though the way the young man was handled wasn't proper; they felt it was too brutal,'' said the teacher, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she did not have permission to talk with the press.

The student, she said, was handcuffed in front of his classmates and teacher.

''The children are livid,'' said the teacher, who was locked in a room with her students about 11:30 a.m. ``They felt it wasn't fair or just.''

She said there was little official information being disseminated to students or staff.

''I've never seen this happen in the time I've been at Edison,'' she said.

It has been a violent week in Miami-Dade schools. On Thursday, a student was shot in the ear while breaking up a fight at Miami Norland High School.

The day before that, a student who was expelled from North Dade Academy in Opa-locka last year drew a gun on the principal and pulled the trigger. The gun misfired. The girl, 14, was taken into custody. North Dade Academy is a private school.

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