Not a great way to start a school day off. Not at all.

Yesterday a melee "erupted at 8:15 a.m. at a Parsons Boulevard bus stop near Highland Avenue" in Queens when a group of as many as eight Latin Kings (or kids who just all happened to be wearing yellow) attacked two members of the Crips a block from Hillcrest High School, which recently won the National School Change Award for its dramatic recent improvements.

In the the ensuing mayhem four students were sent to the hospital, one having been seriously slashed with box cutters, and a number of elementary school students were scared out of their wits.

"He was just walking to school and they started hitting him," said Ricio Castro, 15.

Hundreds of teens were said to have fled the area for safety, stopping traffic on Parsons and seeking shelter in shops.

"Students were running and shouting," said Muhamed Hassan, 38, who opened his grocery store at the corner of Parsons and Highland to dozens of children. "Young kids ran in. I closed the door, and they were crying for their mothers."

Five teens were arrested last night (two 17-year-olds and three 15-year-olds) and charged with first-degree assault, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon. None of them involved attended Hillcrest.

Gothamist had two reactions to this not so nice story: 1) Thank goodness nobody was killed and 2) didn't kids used to fight after school? Isn't 8:15 a.m. just a little too early guys?