Six students arrested after brawl at Phoenix high school

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Tito Alvarado, 19, Jessica Lopez-Barahona, 19, Destany Cooper, 19, are each facing a charge of disorderly conduct after brawl at a high school in Phoenix on Tuesday By Mike Gertzman Tito Alvarado, 19, Jessica Lopez-Barahona, 19, Destany Cooper, 19, are each facing a charge of disorderly conduct after brawl at a high school in Phoenix on Tuesday By Mike Gertzman
Tito Alvarado, 19, is facing a charge of disorderly conduct By Mike Gertzman Tito Alvarado, 19, is facing a charge of disorderly conduct By Mike Gertzman
Jessica Lopez-Barahona, 19, is facing a charge of disorderly conduct By Mike Gertzman Jessica Lopez-Barahona, 19, is facing a charge of disorderly conduct By Mike Gertzman
Destany Cooper, 19, is facing a charge of disorderly conduct By Mike Gertzman Destany Cooper, 19, is facing a charge of disorderly conduct By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have released the names of the six people arrested on Tuesday following a brawl at a high school.

Tito Alvarado, 19, Jessica Lopez-Barahona, 19, and Destiny Cooper, 19, are each facing a charge of disorderly conduct.

Three other students, all 17 years old, were detained and could also be charged with disorderly conduct. Because the students are minors, police did not release their names. One is a black male, one is a black female, and one is a hispanic female.

The fight ended with one officer getting kicked in the head, those six students in custody, and about a dozen teens blasted with pepper spray.

It started during the lunch break at Maya High School, an alternative school near 35th and Glendale Avenues.

Police said the violence actually started on Monday between two girls and spilled over to the next school day.

"It's my understanding that this is the continuation of a discussion or fight that occurred yesterday on a city bus," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department.

On Tuesday, multiple fights broke out, one reportedly because a female student thought another was copying her hairstyle.

An off-duty officer hired by the school for security tried to break up a different fight between two male students when he was kicked in the head.

"As he was in the process taking this individual into custody, obviously being kicked in the head, there's other people coming over to him, that's when he used his pepper spray," Thompson said.

That officer wasn't injured but about a dozen students were sprayed.

The fire department responded to the school, and were able to treat all the students on scene - mostly by rinsing their eyes out with water.

Joey Lopez, who says he was just two feet away from the forming crowd of dozens of students, was also sprayed in the chin.

"It burned and it hurt. One of my friends was pepper sprayed really really bad and she was just crying," Lopez said.

It's unknown what charges the students in custody could face.

As of Tuesday evening, the school had no comment on the incident.