Seven students arrested after school fight
Updated: Wednesday, February 12 2014, 05:54 PM EST
Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester police officers said a large fight brought them to Frederick Douglass High School Tuesday afternoon, ultimately resulting in a school lock-down.
Dozens of police officers arrived at the school around 2 p.m. for reports of fights.
According to new information released Wednesday, the fighting began in the lunchroom. When officials were called, 50 additional students became involved in the fight. A total of seven teenage students were arrested. Four students were arrested for disorderly conduct and three juvenile students were arrested and released to their parents.
The school confirmed officers used pepper spray to break up the fight. The school later confirmed at least one student was treated by the school nurse for pepper spray-related burns.
Parents of several students told us students were not allowed to leave the building unless a parent or guardian was present to pick them up.
School administration released the following statement:
There were several incidents of fighting today among students at Northeast and Northwest High School at the Douglass campus. Two students were taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non-serious injuries. Some students were exposed to pepper spray and were seen by the school nurse.
Just after 1 p.m., as adults worked to break up an incident of fighting in the school cafeteria, a fire alarm sounded that was caused by a malfunctioning alarm box, not by a student. The school called police and District Security to help as students moved outside and fighting continued. Students were all back in school before 1:30 p.m. They were not allowed to leave their classroom for the final two class periods, and school was dismissed normally without incident.
All parents were notified early this afternoon with an automated phone call. The parents of students involved in the fighting have been contacted and they will receive appropriate discipline from the school.