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Ohio high school goes into lockdown, prompts police response after insane 100-person brawl breaks out: report

Image source: WCMH-TV video screenshot

An Ohio high school went into lockdown Wednesday morning after brawls involving about 100 students broke out, the Daily Mail reported.

Pepper spray, according to the outlet, was used to separate groups that were fighting as police soon arrived on the scene to put a stop to the violence.

The report noted that several people were detained due to the melee.

What are the details?

Franklin County authorities received a call Wednesday morning detailing massive fights in progress. Columbus police officers quickly arrived on the scene to break up the fights. Initial reports indicated that "multiple people" were stabbed during the fracas, but authorities said that there were no incidents involving any stabbings.

A district spokesperson told WCMH-TV that school officials "evacuated everyone to the recreation center" until the hallways were safe and clear, and noted that students were "back in the building and learning" following the incident.

Several people were detained for questioning, and authorities continue to investigate the incidents. One student was reportedly transported to a nearby hospital for decontamination due to pepper spray, but was otherwise uninjured, according to reports. No weapons were recovered at the scene.

What else do we know about this?

The Columbus Dispatch reported that a "neighborhood incident" that took place on Tuesday night precipitated the Wednesday morning brawls, and the school reportedly told parents that all students believed to have been involved in the brawls were "removed from school."

"We are confident that we can continue to provide instruction to our students for the remainder of today and in the days to come in a safe school learning environment," the school said in an email to parents on Wednesday. "As a precautionary measure, we will have an increased law enforcement presence at our school."

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office later Wednesday morning tweeted about the incident, writing, "Great work by deputies who responded to a report of a fight and large crowd at Westland HS this morning. The situation was quickly brought under control and the school is now secure. Deputies have detained several people for questioning and the investigation is ongoing."

The department later added, "The FCSO has given the all clear at Westland High School and students are back in class. Deputies report there were NO weapons involved in the incident and rumors of a stabbing are false. Deputies have detained several people for questioning."

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