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.)

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