The owner of the Delaware Valley High School is accusing the school's former director and several other ex-employees of inciting violence among students at the school’s campus in Reading.
The violence erupted last Friday in the form of what police described as a melee among students inside the alternative education school on Margaret Street.
All available police officers in the city were called to help control the students, eight of whom were hauled away in handcuffs and slapped with various charges, including aggravated and simple assault, rioting and resisting arrest. Two officers were injured while trying to break up the fight.
Now, the company that owns the private school for at-risk students, Educational Experience Inc., is accusing several of the Reading campus's former employees, including its one-time director, Andre Bean, of orchestrating the violence as a way to retaliate against the company
"Delaware Valley High School, on its own, commenced an investigation of certain staff members who were not following protocol," said David Shulick, attorney and owner of Unique Educational Experience. "We terminated those staff members on Sept. 14, 2012, at which time they illegally and outrageously tried to enter Delaware Valley High School campuses and interfere with ongoing educational activities."
According to court documents, Bean communicated with the class president by phone and on Facebook in an attempt to incite violence among the students at the school so that he could get his job back.
Bean also paid students to break into the school, according to court documents. Extensive damage was done to the building and several items, including televisions, were taken during the break-in on Sunday, police said.
Police have since obtained warrants to search Bean's Facebook account and the accounts of several students.
"As a result of these allegations, we are concerned, and we will and we are investigating these allegations," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams, adding that no criminal charges have been filed against Bean or any of the other former employees.
A judge in Philadelphia on Friday granted Unique Educational Experience's request for a court order prohibiting Bean and the other former employees from going near any Delaware Valley High School campus and contacting any former or current student.
In addition to Reading, D.V.H.S. also has two campuses in Philadelphia and one in Warminster, Bucks Co.