BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - School officials believe at least 35 students participated in a massive fight that resulted in the lockdown of Career Academy. We're told the investigation is ongoing and some, if not all, of the students could face suspension or expulsion.
Principal Melissa Bergeron tells us that a final decision regarding disciplinary action will not be completed until next week. Because the fight was so massive, she wants to ensure that the appropriate individuals are held accountable for the incident.
The fight started at roughly 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21. We're told it started in the school's cafeteria.
"Instead of parents rushing in, they locked the school down to get the situation under control," said Cpl. Don Coppola with BRPD. "A food fight initially caused this whole incident. [The officer at the school] called for back-up and several units arrived to assist him. In attempts to disperse the students pepper spray was used, which was very effective."
Although Career Academy did hold regular classes today, the students who were potentially involved in the fight were asked to stay home.