Food Fighters Will Walk at Graduation
Council Rock School District officials said the suspended students' participation in graduation was never in question.
Six senior students who were cited by Newtown Township police for their involvement in a food fight at Council Rock North will participate in the school's graduation ceremonies, Superintendent Mark Klein confirmed Friday.
The students were suspended after their participation in the May 1 incident at the school, which the principal said resulted in a health and safety risk for all those present. Newtown Township police announced later in the week that the students would receive citations charging them with disorderly conduct.
Since the students are all juveniles, their names were not released by police.
Several sources told Newtown Patch that the students would also not be able to walk during next month's graduation ceremony. However, Klein said their participation in the ceremony was never in question.
The food fight occurred shortly after noon on May 1 during the sixth period lunch.
Council Rock High School North principal Susan McCarthy said a number of senior boys initiated the pre-planned food fight, which included “hurling the contents of large containers of salad dressing, ketchup, plates of food, fruit items, etc. at themselves and others in the cafeteria.”
McCarthy said the food fight posed a health and safety risk to all students present. “In our judgment, a health and safety risk existed both during and after the event, as a quick clean-up needed to occur before the start of the next lunch period in an area that was impossible to walk on without slipping and sliding,” she said.