A Detroit high school was forced to close early on Tuesday after a massive brawl broke out in the cafeteria, in which chairs were thrown and one punched a police officer in the head.
The fight at the East English Village Preparatory Academy was weeks in the making, sources told Fox 2.
Modern high school students with magnets filmed the wild scenes on their phones, while students screamed as they ran around in the chaos.
Blows were thrown and other students piled up and threw chairs or shouted encouragement from the sidelines.
Some stood on tables to film the chaos.
On Tuesday, a huge brawl broke out at the East English Village Preparatory Academy in Detroit
Trash cans were knocked over and chairs were used as missiles during the lunch fight
Students filmed on their mobile phones as chaotic scenes unfolded in the cafeteria on Tuesday
Footage shared on social media showed the screaming students throwing punches and chairs
The four school security guards were overwhelmed and called the police: a police officer appeared to have been hit on the head by a flying chair
Trash cans were overturned and the school’s four security officers were overwhelmed, prompting them to call the Detroit Police Department.
When the officers arrived, the sirens blared, one was hit on the head with a flying chair.
WDIV-TV (channel 4) reported that several students had been arrested, but Chrystal Wilson, a district spokeswoman, said she had no information about arrests Tuesday night.
No one was seriously injured in the fighting, the district said in a statement.
“After the school settled and the students returned to their classrooms, a police investigation into the fighting revealed that it may have been gang-related and that more fighting could take place,” the Detroit Public Schools District said.
‘To guarantee the safety of all students and employees, a structured and controlled early dismissal process has been used.’
The school district and principal, Larry Gray, have not yet responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Police can be seen outside the school on Tuesday on images filmed by WDIV
Tuesday afternoon there was a heavy police presence at the school and classes were cancelled
Beverly Johnson, a parent, told Click On Detroit that the problem had been brewing for a while.
“Since the school started, it has gone on every day,” she said.
“Fight, people who take guns. They fight all day at school.
“Parents bring other kids here to fight kids. It’s getting out of hand.
“My baby called me and told me she couldn’t breathe and she was on her way to her next class and they sprayed her with pepper spray.”
The school will hold sessions this week with parents and students to try and get to the bottom of the issues.
The school, in a rapidly gentrifying suburb of Motor City, was renovated nine years ago at a cost of $43 million, with state-of-the-art computer labs, an auditorium, gym and classrooms.
Students are seen outside the school, seemingly with their hands handcuffed behind their backs
The school, in a gentrifying area of Detroit, is a magnet school and is widely acclaimed for its modern facilities
“Our children in Detroit deserve to have facilities like this,” said Keith Johnson, a retired president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. He told Bridge Michigan that the school was exemplary.
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According to US News, the school ranks fifth out of 14 in the district. 99.2 percent of students are black and the students do not come from affluent families: 90 percent receive free school meals.
Isiah Williams, head of the New Era Detroit community organization, said Tuesday’s violence was “unacceptable and preventable.”
He told Fox 2 that they wanted more local people to join their task force to patrol the school area and talk to parents and students.
“For us, it’s important to tackle these things right where they start,” Williams said.
“We need to get more ears in these rooms and in these schools to hear about the gang activities and stuff, to build relationships with kids — so they eventually understand that you’re a kid. You still have a lot to live.
Williams, pictured along with other members of the New Era Detroit group, said early intervention was key to preventing violence as seen on Tuesday.
Is what you’re doing now worth having the next 10 years of your life taken from you? Twenty years of your life will be taken from you?
“And have honest conversations.”
Williams said action should be taken more early to prevent the problems from escalating.
“Programs like ours should be set up in schools to resolve many of these conflicts before they occur,” he said.
“Build relationships on the ground so we don’t get to the point where we have a bunch of cops running and attacking kids in a school.”