Police quell lunchtime food fight in Minneapolis high school
MINNEAPOLIS — A food fight quickly turned into a brawl involving hundreds of students in a Minneapolis high school on Thursday, forcing police to use chemical spray to break up the melee.
Four people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, including a staffer who was hit on the head with a bottle, according to the school and police.
The 15-minute fracas broke out during lunchtime in South High School. No weapons were used, but about 200 to 300 students were involved, Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer said.
Students were throwing food, plates, pop bottles — “anything they could get their hands on” — at school staff and police, Palmer said.
A dozen officers responded to the scene and used chemical spray to break up the fight, he added. School officials said police used chemical spray in the air above the crowd, though several students complained of the spray's effects.
Student Council President Connor Bass told the Star Tribune that the scene was “chaos,” with five or six fights going on simultaneously.
“When the cops came and started spraying Mace, it was just pandemonium with people trying to run away,” Bass said.
No arrests were made, but police plan to review surveillance video, which may lead to charges, Palmer said.
The school was put on lockdown after the fight, meaning students had to stay in their classrooms. The school dismissed at the regular time, and afternoon athletics went ahead as scheduled.
South High has about 2,000 students in ninth through 12th grades.
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