Students brawl on SEPTA's Broad Street Line

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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Officials have released new information and video from a fight involving students on the Broad Street Line.

SPRING GARDEN (WPVI) -- Officials have released new information and video from a fight involving students on the Broad Street Line.

The massive after school brawl happened at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Spring Garden Station.

SEPTA says not one person, even the victims, have reported the fight. Authorities only discovered the fight after later seeing surveillance footage.

The video shows it was chaos on the platform as more than a dozen students went at it.

There was punching, there was kicking, and one teenager was repeatedly stomped in the head.

One young man even fell onto the tracks during the fight - something that could have taken a tragic turn if a train had been coming.

SEPTA says it has identified two of the victims who attend Ben Franklin High School. Now they're working with the school district, not only to identify the other students involved, but to prevent these violent actions from happening again.

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel reacted to the fight by saying, "It's an outrageous event. This is so dangerous it's not even funny. We have operating trains down there, there are passengers waiting for the train. You see somebody falls into the track area. It's horrendous."

SEPTA says that there are more police officers at the Spring Garden stop, and at about ten other hot spots they have identified. All of the hotspots are near schools and are trouble when students are dismissed from school.

Their officers and the school district already communicate but now their efforts will increase during what has been a busy spring of senseless after-school acts.

"What we're trying to do is identify disorder and acts that are unsafe that we can then share with the school district to prevent big things like this from happening," said Chief Nestel.

Last month, a group of teens viciously attacked a 15 year old boy at Broad and Locust.

A week later, teenagers surrounded a 60-year-old manon the Market Frankford line before a 16-year-old sucker punched him.

Suspects in both cases were identified and charged.

Surprisingly there were no reported injuries in this recent fight but arrests are expected.

"We will be making sure and supporting SEPTA - that there are criminal charges in addition to anything else we will do in the school regarding this incident," said Fernando Gallard, Philadelphia School District.

Community College of Philadelphia student Edward Busch says charges may deter others but they don't solve the problem.

"More education, less incarceration. And maybe involvement you know what I mean - as far as CCP or maybe any other colleges that wanted to mentor the teens in high school," said Busch.