When I went to pick up my daughters at Berkeley High on Tuesday afternoon, I was struck by the presence of a large number of Berkeley cops on bicycles.

At least four police officers were on Milvia Street right after school got out at 3:30 pm. Two were cycling around and two were stationed on Bancroft. There may have been more police officers on Martin Luther King.

They were there because of a recent rash of incidents at the school.

Apparently, something happened recently with some students of Yemini descent because Jim Slemp, the principal, held a conference with their parents on Tuesday.

Last week, some Berkeley High students stole a wig from a transvestite, who then came on campus and menaced students with scissors.

On Thursday a fight broke out between two groups of students.

On Wednesday, a Berkeley High Safety officer was assaulted in MLK Park by a BHS student and someone who did not attend the school.

What is going on here? Spring fever taken to a strange extreme?

(By the way, when Berkeley cops use their bicycles,they still have towear bullet proof vests and carry a lot of gear, making it a heavy load to pedal.)

Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel (co-founder) is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California,...

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  1. Standard spring time activity. Fights and assaults always increase in spring before spring break and summer recess.

    Thankfully BPD staffs the bike patrols around BHS and downtown. Too bad we pay twice for supervision of the students, which is not only wasteful but also does not provide for consistent referrals for intervention or accountability.

    High time to close the campus for lunch and require student to wear ID cards. We continue to waste money while enabling dysfunctional youth behaviors and truancy.