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Food fight turns into massive brawl at Minneapolis school

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:45 p.m. HST, Feb 14, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS >> A food fight quickly turned into a brawl involving hundreds of students at a Minneapolis high school today, forcing police to use chemical spray to break up the melee.

Four people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, including a staff member who was hit in the head with a bottle, according to the school and police.

The 15-minute fracas broke out during lunchtime at South High School. No weapons were used, but about 200 to 300 students were involved, Minneapolis police spokesman 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 School has about 2,000 students in ninth through 12th grades.

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iwanaknow wrote:
They shoulda gone outside and thrown snowballs instead. Or take their food and feed the homeless.
on February 14,2013 | 03:53PM
64hoo wrote:
I said last week that other school should have had a food fight not water balloon fights, this school did it mostly right, except they used bottles also which was stupid.
on February 14,2013 | 03:54PM
gth wrote:
Should have canceled the athletic event for the weekend. Teach the kids a lesson that there are consequeces for alll students as a whole for a stupid fight that could have caused major injuries.
on February 14,2013 | 03:55PM
Had nothing to do with athletics. While you're at it go ahead and throw the band, glee club, orchestra, chess club, and any other extra-curricular under the bus LOSER!
on February 14,2013 | 05:56PM
gth wrote:
Whether or not the band, glee club, etc. members had anything to do with the fight, it's the consequences and what may happen. So the glee club, orchestra, etc. kids had nothing to do with the fight...LOL! What are the odds. STUPID!!!!
on February 15,2013 | 06:14AM
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