This story was updated several times from the original as more information became available.
March 11, 2009: We are just getting word of an incident at the New Rochelle Public Library involving a group of high school students from several schools in the New Rochelle area. Three students from New Rochelle High School were arrested. Initial reports indicated that the incident may have involved up to 16 students.
UPDATE: I just got off the telephone with Tom Geoffino, the Director of the New Rochelle Public Library and got some details.
The incident that took place Tuesday was preceded by an incident on Monday when the library hosts a movie program for teens. At some point during the movie event a young woman accidently squirted ketchup and it landed on one young man in attendance. The young man, thinking it had been done on purpose by another young man nearby, reacted negatively and the teens attending the event lined up to support their respective school mates. The Library responded by disbursing the students and so there was no escalation. Some of the young people involved in the incident returned on Tuesday. Geoffino says the Library had anticipated this possibility and was ready. The library security staff asked the students to leave and the police were called. The student left but congregated in a City parking lot nearby. The incident escalated in the parking lot and by the time the police arrived on the scene there was an altercation underway. At that point three of the students were arrested.
UPDATE: I obtained a copy of the arrest report from the New Rochelle Police Department.
According to the New Rochelle Police Department, they were called to the scene by the New Rochelle Public Library on the afternoon of March 10th. By the time police arrived, students had congregated in the City parking lot adjacent to the library. Students were asked to leave. Three students did not comply and were arrested for disorderly conduct.
Arrested were Divine Green of 4 Everett Street, age 16. Edward Smith, Jr. of 1 Allard Avenue, age 17. Olivier Famby of 290 Sickles Avenue, age 16. All three are juniors at New Rochelle High School
Elsewhere: 13 students charged in Ramapo H.S. brawl