HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Multiple fights broke out during lunch hour at Varina High School on Thursday, prompting police to respond.
The school was placed on lockdown until dismissal.
Eight students involved in the fight were pepper sprayed by police. One of those students was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Seven students were arrested. All of those arrest were also among those pepper sprayed.
There’s been no word yet on the charges they may face.
At this time, police are still trying to figure out what started the brawl.
“We are still separating the parties invoked talking to everyone and to complicate things when the fight was going on,” Lt. Chris Eley of Henrico Police says. “We also had a fire alarm and that’s what caused the fire response as well on top of the police response.”
Tyrece Batson, a student who witnessed the fight described a scary situation.
“There was a couple kids fighting over by the bathroom and then some more kids jumped in. Cops were trying to hold them back and then people tried to jump in.”
“There was a bunch of people and they were getting pepper sprayed. I was scared that I was going to get hit myself because there were so many fights,” Casey Engelhart, another witness said. “I was scared to death.”
Some parents were upset that they were notified about an hour after the fight happened. The school system tells 8News that they wanted to be sure to have all the facts right before releasing information.
Varina High School will operate on a normal schedule as well on Friday.
Stay with 8News for any updates on this developing story.