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Extra police presence added after fight at New Britain High School

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Arrests and injuries were reported after a fight broke out at New Britain High School on Wednesday. (WFSB) Arrests and injuries were reported after a fight broke out at New Britain High School on Wednesday. (WFSB)
A knife was reportedly used during the fight that broke out at the high school. (WFSB) A knife was reportedly used during the fight that broke out at the high school. (WFSB)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

Dozens of police responded to New Britain High School on Wednesday afternoon after the report of a large fight that resulted in 11 people being arrested.

Officials said the fight happened at dismissal, just after 2:15 p.m. involving three students who were outside the building.

At the time, school security staff contacted the school resource officer.

Eyewitnesses said there were parents nearby who were picking up students from school. 

A mother of two of the students got involved in the fight as police were trying to de-escalate the situation, school officials said.

Three adults were arrested and eight juveniles were arrested as well. Seven of them were juveniles.

"It was assaulted behavior, several officers got jumped. I think all the officers handled themselves in a professional manner. We did make 11 arrests," said New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell.

Minor injuries were reported.

Eyewitnesses said over 100 people were involved in the brawl, and some students said it began with a group of males.

"I saw police coming and coming, I saw two girls get into it. Police slammed the girl because she was hitting an officer. I saw a taser pulled, I thought they got tasered," said student Joshua Ortiz.

A sophomore involved in the altercation, Lady Nicole Gutierrez, said she was grabbed by officers who slammed her onto a car and then arrested her.

A knife was reportedly involved in the fight, as Channel 3 has exclusive video of investigators pulling it from a storm drain. Police said it was a steak knife that one of the adults was wielding.

There will be extra police presence at the high school on Thursday.

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