WILKES-BARRE – Students arriving for the first day of school at Wilkes-Barre Area's Dan Flood Elementary School were greeted by police investigating a fight involving at least four adults Wednesday morning.
Lt. Steve Olshefski said one man was seriously injured in a fight that erupted just before 9 a.m. The man was transported by city paramedics to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.
Olshefski said the fight had ended before police arrived. He credited school resource officers with breaking up the fight that a witness said began between two women.
The witness, who declined to give his name to a reporter after he was questioned by police, said two women were screaming at each other when one of them dropped off a child. He said the screams were about a child custody dispute.
"It was nasty and got worse when the two guys got together," he said.
While the two women were fighting, two men who were with the women began fighting, he said.
Olshefski said police were trying to figure out what happened. He said the child was unharmed during the melee.
Police did not release names of those involved in the fight.
There was blood spatter in the middle of the road that was washed down with bleach by firefighters.
Paramedics treated a woman who appeared to be a school employee on a curb in front of the school on North Washington Street. She was given an oxygen mask while her wrist was being examined by paramedics. She declined to be taken to a hospital.
The witness who observed the fight said the melee was an isolated incident and the bigger story is parking and speeding on North Washington Street. He said parents dropping off their children often double-park and motorists speed on the road while children are crossing the street.
He expressed concerns that a child will be struck by a speeding vehicle.