One adult, six students charged in Cleveland Heights school fight involving hundreds


Kaylee Remington Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)



CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — A 27-year-old Cleveland woman and six students have been charged in a fight that involved about 300 on the last day of classes at Heights High School .

Azeria Lawshea, of Cleveland, is charged with aggravated riot in the incident that happened about noon May 31, the last day of classes, at the high school on Cedar Road near Lee Road, according to court records.

A 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy are also charged with aggravated riot, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court records. The 16-year-old boy faces additional charges of assault and obstructing official business.

A 15-year-old girl has been charged with aggravated riot, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct while a 14-year-old girl has been charged with aggravated riot and disorderly conduct. Another 14-year-girl is charged with aggravated riot and resisting arrest, juvenile records say.

Records do not say when they’re expected to make their first court appearances.

School officials called Cleveland Heights police shortly before noon to report the fight. The officers were met by a large, hostile crowd outside of the school, according to a Cleveland Heights police report. The group screamed and yelled obscenities at police when the officers told them to go home, the report says.

An officer took one of the students to the ground, the report says. When they placed the student in a cruiser, he continued to yell and kicked the cruiser door, the report says.

One person was treated at the scene for difficulty breathing. Several officers struggled with the students as they tried to place them in handcuffs. One of the officers suffered an arm injury, the report says.

University Heights police and South Euclid police assisted at the scene.

Police have not said or determined how Lawshea is connected to the incident.

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Kaylee Remington Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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