A lunchtime food fight at Minneapolis South High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, turned into a huge brawl involving hundreds of students (video below).
According to CBS Minnesota, the school was placed on lockdown shortly before 1 p.m. on Thursday after violence broke out inside the cafeteria between Muslim and black students.
According to witnesses, an initial fight happened during the first lunch period when a student threw a milk carton at another. By the time the third period came around, the situation spiraled out of control.
Some students said the brawl was because of tensions between the eight percent of Muslim students of Somali decent and the 20 percent who are African Americans.
More than 20 staff members and two school resource officers attempted to break up the fight, but were unable to handle the situation and called the Minneapolis Police Department.
Dozens of police officers who arrived on the scene tried to disperse the brawling teenagers, but to no avail.
Police officers then formed a human chain and called on the students to stand down, but when that failed, police sprayed Mace into the air above the crowd.
Four people, including three students and one staff member who was hit in the head with a bottle, were sent to a hospital. Police said no weapons were used in the brawl.
A dozen people complained of suffering from side effects related to Mace inhalation. So far, no one has been charged with a crime.
Source: CBS Minnesota