Nine teenagers were arrested Friday after a disturbance at a college basketball tournament in Washington State in which nearly 70 teenagers were closed in about three deputies, said the authorities.
Representatives from 33 law enforcement units finally reacted to the scene after the announcement of a disturbance at Gaiser Middle School in Vancouver, in the state of Washington, in the vicinity at 5:40 pm, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
"Three deputies arrived at the scene and were immediately confronted with verbal hostilities by a large group of teenagers, including racial slurs, insults and threats of aggression", said the sheriff's office in a statement.
"Three deputies arrived at the scene and were immediately confronted with verbal hostilities by a large group of teenagers, including racial slurs, insults and threats of aggression."
– Clark County Sheriff's Office
While MPs were trying to address a particular person, about 60 to 70 teenagers began to "get close" to them, the statement said.
Teenagers continued to insult MPs and threaten them with violence, including uttering death threats, FOX 12 Oregon reported.
While other law enforcement units arrived at the scene, youth continued to disrupt the police and school officials, the station reported.
Authorities said they had arrested those who had not obeyed orders to leave, the statement said.
The nine minors were arrested on charges of property trespass, assault, lack of dispersal, disorderly behavior and resistance to arrest, the statement said.
A deputy was slightly injured during his arrest with one of the suspects, authorities said.