Police to Charge Six Students Involved in Food Fight

The students will be charged with disorderly conduct after engaging in a food fight Tuesday at Council Rock North that the principal said posed a health and safety risk to all present.


Six students involved in a have been suspended and will receive citations charging them with disorderly conduct, the Newtown Township Police Department said.

Since the students are all juveniles, their names will not be released, police said.

The incident, which some students are calling the “Great Food Fight of 2012,” occurred shortly after noon Tuesday 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.

While Superintendent Mark Klein would not comment on any disciplinary action taken as a result of the food fight, several sources told Newtown Patch that in addition to the suspensions and citations, some of the students involved will not be able to walk at graduation.

McCarthy said the administration was aware of the possibility of the event and prepared in advance, sending all administrators, security personnel, the Newtown Township School Resource Officer and hall monitors to the cafeteria “in an attempt to avert the situation.” 

“Although this presence did not stop the students from their intended actions, it possibly averted a larger, more serious disruption in a lunch of almost 600 students, including a segment of our most vulnerable student population, as well as our cafeteria staff,” she said. 

McCarthy said “emotions were extremely high, with innocent students being caught in the crossfire.”

Ron Sullivan May 04, 2012 at 09:18 PM
There were not 600 kids. The school has 1600 kids, divided up into 5 lunches. Susan McCarthy completely exaggerated, as usual.
Sandro May 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Meg a beach is completly wrong if the kids isnt physically capable of getting out of the way just put him in a special lunch. Also they completly overreacted . And second you are thinking way outside the box. Its a simple food fight.
ABCDEF May 04, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Meg_A_Beach, I see what your name really implies. It's people like you as to why things like this are taken way to the extreme. You are being ridiculous. Cafeteria food fights have been around for years and years. Stop making it like it was a riot of some sort. Arrogant because a cop was there? Please, its not against the law to have a food fight. He's not a babysitter. Were they throwing knives or chairs or objects that can actually cause bodily harm on impact. NO!! It was FOOD!! Why don't you stand on your soap box for a more deserving cause. A criminal record for throwing food is beyond absurd.
CMC May 04, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Sooooooo, in other words you all seem to feel that if they went to the Oxford Valley Mall and started a food fight right in front of the cops stationed in the food court that they should NOT be charged with disorderly conduct? Do I get that right?? I fail to see the difference.........a facility used by the public and monitored by a police officer in order to keep things orderly...............oh, I forgot, this COUNCIL ROCK where the rich kids are supposed to get away with this stuff without real life consequences. I doubt they'd get away with it at the mall. Great job CR North administrators.......it's time we taught kids that there are consequences to behavior and horrrrrrrrooooorrrrrrs........yes, some of them are permanent!
CMC May 04, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Meg.............I agree whole heartedly
ABCDEF May 05, 2012 at 12:00 AM
According to the witnesses they were actually in the cafeteria, the incident only occurred at one table and the teenagers would have been thrown out of the mall if they this happened. Could not have been as bad as the principle who wasn't even there when it happened because all was cleaned up in minutes. It has also been noted they actual incident only last about a minute. Lets be realistic here. You are going by the blown up accounts and not the actual facts of what occurred.
R U guessing ? May 05, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Calm down !
R U guessing ? May 05, 2012 at 03:50 AM
And U R supposed to be serious, with a butcher knife to Your head ? Get a REAL life !
R U guessing ? May 05, 2012 at 03:55 AM
OH, BUT IT HAPPENED AT THE "GREAT" COUNCIL ROCK HIGH ! Get over it and see that this school is not much different than others in the area. Just with the most overpaid Teachers !
Mary Beth May 05, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Geez, whatever happened to just having a Senior Cut Day? That's more fun. Seriously, suspension is warranted but not being allowed to walk with your graduating class is a bit much.
GoldenHawks May 05, 2012 at 03:59 AM
try 35,000 forks...atleast give us the credit we deserve.
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Concerned Resident May 05, 2012 at 11:31 AM
What did these kids think would happen to them? What a way to end the school year. I am glad that my child at rival William Tennent, while making some very poor decisions and having acting out episodes, will walk at graduation, has never had an out-of-school suspension, has never started a food fight & his college will not be hearing about this + no permanent record (assuming those seniors are 18). There parents must be very disappointed.
Tommy May 05, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Really! A tad much! Council Rock needs to get there head out of there a@$, and realize this is just a harmless prank. When I was a kid we had a food fight, we cut 1 & 2nd period, we kept the vp on his toes, but nobody got hurt and it was just all in good fun. They should at most get a detention or help the janitors clean up. This is rediculous...
joey joe joe May 05, 2012 at 01:56 PM
These students are terrorsts
CRN studenft May 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I was present in the cafeteria and you are all being rediculous, it lasted about six seconds at one or two tables and was cleaned up in five, no bottles were thrown, the worst thing that happened was salad dressing was sprayed. All of you should go get a life and stop blowing this totally out of proportion
Kathleen Reidy May 05, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I am quite sure their "helicopter parents" will consult lawyers and force the school to recind the citations and allow their precious angels the privledge of walking at graduation.
Mother of four great kids May 05, 2012 at 06:51 PM
All of this is totally blown out of proportions. Citation for disorderly conduct on the student's permanent records for a mere food fight......?!?!? Ridiculous!!!
Philly Boy May 05, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Having gone to a public school in Philadelphia I have to laugh at the reaction that the school administration is taking. I guess 'health an safety risk' is a very relative term.
Andrew May 06, 2012 at 03:02 AM
People these days are way too eager to get police involved in schools, criminalizing what in my grandfather's day (his own words) was considered harmless kids' fun. Kids can't be kids anymore - we've made it either against the law or against some set of rules for them to do anything other than sit in front of the TV.
Candis May 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM
This is outrageous! Why anyone would ever throw pudding is beyond me! It wasn't chocolate, was it?
Mother of four great kids May 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
You are completely right, Andrew. This whole situation makes me wonder, if Council Rock North is a school or a prison as the teachers and administrators are acting like wardens rather than educators! Compared to what happens in other schools around the country with guns and knives a food fight is a bit of benign fun. A much bigger concern are the drugs being sold in the school parking lot but this seems to be an issue the administrators don't have the courage to tackle. Shame on them!!! Their priorities are completely screwed up!
Liberty 1 May 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Juvenile? I guess so, they are in high school. Bet you were lot's of fun in high school. Poor Coco.
Lynn May 07, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Unbelievable! I am all for kids dealing with the consequences of their actions, but this is beyond ridiculous. I for one would not be the least embarassed if it were my child. Would I think it was stupid? Of course, but in the big scheme of things it's a relative nothing. As others have said, make them scrub the walls and do community service, but a citation? I think the administrators have lost their minds. My CR North student has a hard time finding people to hang out with who don't drink and do drugs....I'd rather the administrators tackle that problem.
Mary Alice Brancato May 07, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I find it hard to believe that a "food fight" warrants citations, suspensions and loss of the walking in graduation. Yes I'm sure it was disruptive but there are better ways to handle this situation with level heads and keeping things in perspective. Messy food all over the floor and tables doesn't warrant the loss of graduation. Seems the "powers that be" at this school have forgotten what being a "teen" is like. Why didn't they have the kids involved clean up the mess thoroughly? Why not have the kids clean the cafeteria every day for a few weeks? Why not have them apologize? I'm sure most of the parents would dole out their own punishments at home where the bulk of the discipline needs to be handled. Giving citations to the kids basically punishes the parents. Court means loss of time and money from work for the parents not the kids. Citations means loss of money for the parents not the kids. What teen do you know with a few hundred extra dollars laying around to pay it? Loss of walking in graduation does hurt the kids but it also hurts the parents who have walked these kids through 12 or more years of school. Do the parents need to be punished? No! It used to be if you make a mess then you clean up a mess not have the police get involved. As for the administrators that thought this was coming....time to rethink your planning?? Let the punishment fit the "crime."
Mother of four great kids May 07, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Agreed, agreed, AGREED, Mary. How to best let the administrators know that they are WRONG is the question.
Heidi May 08, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I graduated from Tennent in 1994 and we had the same thing happen. Kids were cited then as well so it not a current issue.
Rose Abrams May 11, 2012 at 04:45 PM
If you refer to educated parents working two jobs to maintain a level of living that is safe and secure, yes, they are "helicopter parents". They are also the parents of students that keep CR at the TOP of the school systems in Pa. The schools that parents want to send their children to and pay high taxes to maintain this goal..The parents are concerned people who do stay involved with their children. You sound like a vindictive jealous spiteful person and I hope that you are NOT one of my neighbors.
the VOICE May 13, 2012 at 12:56 AM
CR schools are rated good, because they don't have to deal with the rif-raf that many other schools have to deal with ! The school police woman is paid by the school district; just in case, something major happens. Nice job, Huh! Taxpayers money at work! So how they put a stop to this ???
Lisa January 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Great, job, McCarthy. I'll pay extra to avoid CR North and go to a classy private school, any day. Worth every penny. If this ever happended at my son's school--which it had not ever happened his entire four years, because yes, they would be expected to clean it up. Actually, those gentleman knew better and never even came close to this type of disorderly conduct.


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