What may have started as the time-honored yet unruly tradition of a high school food fight landed a few students in a place they never expected tossing today’s lunch would get them: the slammer.
WXYZ reports four juniors and seniors from Jefferson High School in Frenchtown, Mich., walked into a courtroom Wednesday wearing striped jail clothes and handcuffs where they were charged with a misdemeanor for inciting a disturbance in a public building.
All the teens were released to their parents on a $500 recognizance bond, except one whose parent couldn’t leave work so he had to spend a second night in jail.
Here's footage of the boys in court:
The local ABC affiliate reports that 16 other students were given 10 day suspensions. Cory Long, 16, who is among those suspended and friends with the boys who were arrested, said he wasn’t sure who started the fight but that “food just started to fly.”
Tina Long, Corey’s mother, is reported as saying the situation is being blown out of proportion by officials:
“Every one of us did something goofy in high school. And now they want to do this to the kids?” said Tina Long.
Superintendent Craig Haugen issued a statement that said the school “will not tolerate this type of behavior.” He said that damage done to the property and potential for student injury is what “caused us to treat this more seriously than just some cafeteria horseplay.”
The Monroe Evening News reported Monroe County Sheriff's Sgt. John Plath as agreeing that the fight warranted arrest of the students. He called it an "organized event." Tables and chairs were said to have been overturned and thrown.
All we can assume is that if it were an epic enough food fight to land these boys in jail with a misdemeanor, it had to have been as good as the famous cafeteria food fight scene in National Lampoon's Animal House. Here is is for your viewing pleasure (Note: Some strong language):