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Nonstudents gained access to Scott, assaulted 17-year-old; gang ties suspected

At least two 18-year-old Toledo men are wanted by police for their alleged involvement in an apparent gang-related fight at Scott High School.

Charged with aggravated burglary and two counts of assault are Tra’quawn Gibson of 2720 Elm St., and Deandre Smith of 639 Avondale Ave. Both men are alleged members of the Manor Boys, Bloods with ties to central Toledo’s Moody Manor apartment complex. Neither is a Scott student, Toledo Public Schools officials said.

Three others, at least two of them juveniles, who have not been named, also were involved.

According to a police report, a Scott High School student let three people into the school through an unattended side exit door at the school’s Skill Center.

The report states that the student led the trio around a corner then the student went into a classroom by way of a back door. Moments later, the student let the three into the classroom using the front door.

The three nonstudents then allegedly assaulted another student and said to a teacher who broke up the fight, “I’ll heat you up, too.”

The suspects then fled, the report states; none of them had been arrested as of Friday evening.

The 17-year-old student who was assaulted was arrested by school police after he became “agitated” and refused to listen to officials and, as he was being escorted from the building, allegedly assaulted the officer. The student is charged with violating a safe school ordinance and resisting arrest, said Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan. The boy might be in a rival gang, the sergeant said.

Warrants have also been issued for the student — reported by police as 15 years old — who let the other three into the building.

Assistant superintendent Romules Durant said the two involved students are going through “due process” for possible sanctions. The only way into Scott is supposed to be through the main front doors, where people are supposed to be buzzed in and directed to a main office.

Mr. Durant was cautious to classify the disruption as a “gang” fight.

“There was an unfortunate situation where an individual allowed access to a building, and we will continue to address it,” Mr. Durant said. “ ... The main thing is that the school is a safe haven for students. It’s their second home.”

Both Mr. Gibson and Mr. Smith were arrested by police after a gang-related fight outside a Scott-Start football game on Sept. 28. Court documents from that incident stated that the Manor Boys and the Folk, a South Toledo Crips- affiliated gang, “squared off” and claimed to have guns.

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