Police called to senior sleepover at Saugus High
SAUGUS, Mass. (WHDH) -- It was supposed to be a peaceful school sleepover to celebrate the end of classes, but chaos quickly erupted at Saugus High School last Thursday night.
Janine Bourque suffered scrapes after being struck by a Saugus police cruiser that was responding to the high school to break up the disturbance.
“I blacked out a little bit, I don’t remember getting hit. I remember landing on the hood and rolling off and hitting my chin off of the ground,” said Bourque.
Students sleep in tents outside the high school after their last day of classes. This event has become an unsanctioned school tradition for seniors.
This year there was trouble -- a group of juniors showed up and somehow gained access to the roof. People started throwing water balloons, then rocks, and eventually seniors started throwing items back.
“It was just so surreal…It’s like something you see in a movie,” said Joey Aversa, a senior at Saugus High School.
Saugus police rushed to the scene. That’s when Bourque was hit. Police said the arriving officer was traveling at a low speed -- possibly one mile per hour.
“My friend just got hit by a car -- a cop car -- like not even just a car. So like, it was pretty scary for me. I didn’t know what kind of condition she was in,” said Ashley Penza, a senior at Saugus High School.
One 18-year-old student was arrested for malicious damage to a motor vehicle. He wonders why others weren’t arrested. He is due in court next month.
Seniors are upset an age-old tradition has been tarnished.
“When you show up with water balloons and eggs, they kind of brought it to a whole different level. We knew it was going to happen, some of the seniors…things got really out of hand,” said Aversa.
A meeting will be held on Thursday to determine whether any disciplinary action will be taken.