Brawl at Mpls South High School reportedly involves hundreds, lands students in hospital [UPDATE]
WCCO is quoting MPD spokesman Sgt. William Palmer as saying no weapons were involved in the fight, and all injuries were minor.
A student witness told a KARE 11 photojournalist that the fight started in the school's lunch room and spilled into the commons area. That student said the fight escalated and involved as many as 300 students.From the Star Tribune's Kelly Smith:
Witnesses also say that dozens of police officers responded to the scene with guns drawn, and used mace on students to break up the melee.
HCMC spokesperson Robert Ball says emergency crews responded to the scene and at least four people were taken away on stretchers. There is also a report that staff members were injured in the melee but that is not confirmed at this point.
Here are some tweets from South High students:
Students outside South High say racial fight broke out in cafeteria, hundreds invoked, 25 injured, they say. twitter.com/kellystrib/sta...-- Kelly Smith (@kellystrib) February 14, 2013
My sister is a senior at South High School. I received the following text: "They pepper sprayed everybody. Had out assault rifles & sh*t...-- Angelica Carol (@angelicAbomb) February 14, 2013
lol a food fight that turned into a real fight with 300 students at south high school. #nice-- Tina (: (@tinaavang) February 14, 2013
Still active scene at South High School twitter.com/daveberggren/s...-- Dave Berggren (@daveberggren) February 14, 2013
Shit just got soo fuking real at south ahahahaa-- Gadise ጋዲሴ (@Disepoo) February 14, 2013
From Fridley Patch's Chris Steller:
Craziest shit I've seen at South-- Kameren Lymon (@KamLymon) February 14, 2013
From KARE's Jay Olstad and Becky Rohde-Eckblad:
Students telling me police sprayed chemical at line of students watching fights and police apprehending ppl--after kids threw food at cops.-- Chris Steller (@chris_steller) February 14, 2013
Police: officers pelted with things. Staff members pushed to the ground during fights at #south high.-- Jay Olstad (@jayolstadtv) February 14, 2013
Newly published footage from the South brawl shows an out-of-control scene in the school cafeteria as students run and shriek while gathering round to watch the melee. At the end of the seven-minute clip, an alarm bell begins to ring continuously. Shortly thereafter, for a reason that isn't quite discernible in the video, students begin running away from the cafeteria in the hurry. Here's the footage:
No arrests in fight at Mpls South HS.Staff meeting this afternoon to decide if school will be in session tomorrow.-- Becky Rohde-Eckblad (@Becky_Eckblad) February 14, 2013
Finally, the Star Tribune, citing "some pupils," now reports that the brawl "is connected to long-running racial tension in the school among Somalis and others."