If you drove by the Fremont high school campus today and saw a gazillion squad cars, it’s because police were tipped off to a big gang fight that was supposed to go down near Foothill Boulevard and 46th Avenue at lunchtime.
Apparently, because of the police presence, the fight didn’t happen (then and there, anyway). I’m told the school district’s police department — which has grown to about 12 or 13 officers, and is now headed by Chief Pete Sarna — heard about it and brought in OPD.
Here’s how district spokesman Troy Flint described the incident, in an email:
OUSD police learned of a gang-related fight scheduled to take place in the vicinity of Fremont today and worked with OPD to schedule additional patrols. The visible police presence actually prevented a fight. Although it may have been a bit hectic as certain would-be combatants fled the scene, preemptive action by the police defused a potentially violent situation. OUSD Police will continue to coordinate with OPD and use police presence to deter gang activity in areas of concern and as dictated by intel.
Flint said some of those involved were students, but that older gang members were expected to show up, too.
Speaking of gangs: Did any of you see the Discovery Channel’s segment about Oakland’s gang problem on Monday night? Disturbing stuff, especially if their numbers are accurate (that about 10,000 people in a city of 400,000 are affiliated with a gang). The show touched on a challenge facing schools and the broader community: that members are getting younger and younger — and more reckless. Part II airs at 9 p.m. next Monday, Sept. 21.