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.”