Upper Darby police say they're seeing an increase in violent incidents stemming from disputes among the township's high school students. The arrest of Darius Kilby is the latest example.
Kilby, 23, of Darby Borough, was arrested last night for allegedly opening fire on a 17-year-old Upper Darby High School student who had gotten into a fight with Kilby's sister, also 17, earlier in the week. Police say all four shots missed. No bystanders were hurt.
"Yesterday afternoon, the brother of the female student sought revenge on the male student, and he found him at Margate and Garrett roads," said police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "During the fight, Kilby goes to his car and gets his trusty .380 (semiautomatic handgun) and opens fire. Fortunately, he misses him and 50 to 60 other people in the area."
Bywood Elementary School and Beverly Hills Middle School are near where the shots were fired. High school students also walk along Garrett Road when school opens and closes.
"There are hundreds of kids walking to and from that area," Chitwood said. "This was a very, very dangerous situation."
Kilby was arraigned today and jailed on $150,000 bail while awaiting his preliminary hearing. He is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, carrying a gun on school property and related offenses.
Chitwood said police arrested five female Upper Darby High students last week after a major fight broke out near the school, and police have been called to the school 45 times this year for reports of violence and/or drug activity.
"This type of escalation we've not seen before, with the introduction of a firearm," Chitwood said. He said it might be time for the school district to consider forming an armed police force for the high school.