School brawls have gone high tech, with students using cell phones to call in reinforcements, reports the Associated Press. A Milwaukee case this month required police and pepper spray to break up a fight that swelled to about 20 family members on school grounds. Six students and three adults were arrested. The AP says a “surge of cell phone-related fights” prompted Milwaukee to ban cell phones in its 217 schools beginning yesterday.
“We consider [cell phones] almost as weapons because when they call, we’re the ones out in front and we don’t know these people are coming,” said Mike Heese a security official at the high school where the fight took place. Milwaukee joins a growing number of school districts that prohibit or limit cell phones. Many bans, including those in New York City, Los Angeles and Boston, were imposed because the phones cause distractions or are used to cheat.