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February 21, 2013

Days of angry tweets led to violence


Haverhill police Lt. Robert Pistone said the Haverhill High School resource officer heard about Saturday’s incident. No arrests were made Saturday, but several extra officers were assigned to the Tuesday game as a result.

Tweeting slowed down during the basketball game, but toward the end when Haverhill had a big lead, Haverhill H@text1:igh students started twe@text1:eting pictures of the scoreboard. Then the virtual trash talking turned into a real fight.

The extra officers turned out to be necessary, but at first they were looking for problems in a front parking lot of Haverhill High. But students had gathered in the parking lot behind the school, where several fights broke out.

The Haverhill officers were overwhelmed and called for back-up. Seven students were arrested, five from Methuen and two from Haverhill, and charged with disorderly conduct. One was also charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Police said she kicked another girl in the mouth.

After the arrests, the crowd broke up, but the back and forth on Twitter, in an often brash and vulgar style, continued through yesterday.

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