Raucous Food Fight Causes Stir at CR North

The principal said a food fight that occurred Tuesday posed a health and safety risk to all students present.


A food fight at on Tuesday turned into more than a silly prank, Council Rock administrators said.

According to Council Rock High School North principal Susan McCarthy, a number of senior boys initiated a 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.

McCarthy said since the administration was aware of the possibility of the event in advance, all administrators, security personnel, the Newtown Township School Resource Officer and hall monitors were present 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.

Superintendent Mark Klein would not comment on any disciplinary action taken as a result of the food fight.

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

She encouraged all parents to have “serious conversations” with their seniors as they finish their final days at school. However, she noted, the class of 2012 “as a whole has been a fantastic one.”

“With emotions running high at this time, it is possible that some will display a lack of good judgment that could result in very serious consequences, including loss of school privileges,” she said.

Eric S May 04, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Thanks for the clearification on that. Yeah, I can see the issue with the 10 days. Given the "gravity" of the "crime" it seems excessive rather than punitive. It is causing more harm than good. I hope CR takes a step back and re-evaluates the situation. Back in my day it would have been students cleaning the mess, parents handling the kids and pictures in the yearbook. For fighting there was no issue if you were defending yourself.....a natural law that was respected by the administration. If it were mutual combat we were to show up in the gym at 3:15 and given safety equipment and boxing gloves. Of course we had the option at that time to shake hands and forgo the boxing round.
Lara May 04, 2012 at 01:19 PM
According to my child who is a senior at north, seniors play pranks every year. Just this past March while on the senior trip To Disney, kids left their cars parked in the school lot as ,from what I understand, a prank to the juniors. Because the seniors were away, juniors were allowed to park at the school. Harmless prank, no one gets hurt. Just a joke. Well some did not take it that way and vandalized some of the cars parked there by the seniors. Now was the retaliation harmless? Bottom line is that while the instigators intend no harm, those fanatics who join in on the "fun" misinterpret the intentions of the prank and then chaos ensues. Was the punishment harsh by today's standards? Probably not. Students cannot bring in any objects that may be used as weapons such as a metal emory board used for filing nails. Student's medications can only be dispensed by the school nurse. Good luck to those with severe asthma. There are reasons why this is so! Remember Columbine? That has changed everything. These students charged with the crime, while some may argue is not a crime, resulted in damage (however slight it may seem), with an incite to riot (It could have happened), etc. There may be legal reasons the administrators did not step in beforehand of which I do not know. I am sure they did things "by the book". So sorry those students have to pay so severely, but I am sure it sent a serious message out there to the rest of the student population for "zero tolerance".
Tevin May 04, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Jason, I find your points to be somewhat ridiculous considering the fact that neither you or anyone you know personally was seriously effected by the"food fight." As Lara above me said, seniors throw pranks every year not just at CR, but at high schools both public and private around the nation. I understand that punishment needs to be handed out. I'm a student at CRN and I was sitting at the table where the food fight began. The kids doing it knew that they were going to be reprimanded in one way or another, however, the entire student body (and many parents that I have talked to) believe that a 10 day suspension paired with a citation for disorderly conduct/loss of graduation walking/letter to colleges is a bit much. Seems pretty foolish that a 30 second food fight will effect a handful students for the rest of their lives. A disorderly conduct charge is something extremely serious and the school district seems to be throwing it around as if it means nothing. Another point that I would like to address is that the faculty present in the Cafeteria watched the food fight unfold right before their eyes and did not intervene to stop it from happening. If it was such a "safety risk" that put "innocent students in the cross-fire" then administration should have addressed the issue before period 06 lunch even started
Rose Abrams May 04, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I have two grandsons that attend CRN. It is an excellent school with a wonderful student body. To deny a teenager who worked hard his entire scholastic life to be able to walk down the aisle to receive his certificate of "success" is outrageous. This was a simple prank. Sending a letter to their FUTURE school is nothing short of meanness. I hope that the students do not learn this wonderful trait from their "educators". I pay high taxes to give my grandchildren a quality education, not to be penalized for something so minor. Yes, I agree they were wrong and the suspension should be punishment enough. Yes, they should do community service. But to deny them the honor of walking down to receive their diplomas are going way too far. Where are the parents of these seniors? Why are they allowing this to happen.
The Illuminati May 04, 2012 at 05:02 PM
This is what happens when 1/3 of the country does not work. People spend their days blogging about food fights instead of working. Thank you Obama.
Meg_A_Beach May 04, 2012 at 05:54 PM
The food fight happened in a lunch room full of 600 kids. Think about that for a second. When pandemonium breaks out in a crowd of 600 children, where the floor (covered in salad dressing and ketchup) quickly becomes a sheet of ice, injuries can happen easily. Now realize that not all of those 600 kids are the same. Some of the kids in that room are disabled (they eat lunch with the "regular" kids!). How are they supposed to get out of the way? The lunch room workers are often elderly, retired women. How are they supposed to get out of the way? What about kids that don't want to get hit with a flying bowl of pudding. The kids did this in the 1st lunch of the day and every lunch after that had slippery floors and nowhere to eat their lunch. Still think it's funny? People that "poo poo" this incident need to get their heads screwed on straight. The kids who did this created a dangerous situation for their own amusement and there isn't anything funny about it.
The Illuminati May 04, 2012 at 06:25 PM
It was not a safe environment...says the girl holding the massive knife.
Meg_A_Beach May 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Irony - i·ro·ny -n. pl. i·ro·nies - Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
Ian McGowan May 04, 2012 at 07:00 PM
your all dumb. i go to north and was present at the food fight. our school blows everything out of proportion. Mrs. McCarthy wasn't even there.
Meg_A_Beach May 04, 2012 at 07:06 PM
* You're * I * Our If you're going to call people dumb, you should probably use proper spelling and punctuation to do it, Ian.
CrStudent15 May 04, 2012 at 07:27 PM
This is way exaggerating the event, and all of you fighting on here about it are just as bad as the administrators, blowing it way to far out of proportions. Firts of all, I was in this lunch period when it happened, and there are w less than 600 people in that lunch. Second of all, the food fight only occured in one little section of the cafeteria. No one was hurt and only a couple got caught in the crossfire. This was way less worse than the bouncy ball prank a few years ago wheree students were actually hurt.
Meg_A_Beach May 04, 2012 at 07:40 PM
So Erika - let me get this straight: You're criticizing us for commenting on here by commenting on here. Makes perfect sense. Who made you the Blog Police anyway? If you don't like it maybe you should take your own advice and "focus on bigger and better things".
Ron Sullivan May 04, 2012 at 09:26 PM
All of the disabled kids are in 4th lunch and sit on the other side of the cafeteria. So, no.
Ron Sullivan May 04, 2012 at 09:27 PM
get a job
Gen May 04, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I'm actually amazed with some of the comments here. People are going to have different opinions, just realize that and move on, no need to argue about it. Also, I'm sure most of you weren't there and don't have your facts straight. If you don't know exactly what you're talking about, then your argument is pointless. All I know is that it was a prank that was blown out of proportion. I think the criminal charges, letters to college, and inability to walk during graduation is excessive, but the students deserve the suspension. What they did posed a great risk and somebody could have gotten hurt, and they need to understand that. Someone needs to teach them right from wrong, and what they did was definitely wrong.
Student May 05, 2012 at 12:36 AM
There are WAY less than 600 kids in this lunch. And like CrStudent15 said, during the bouncy ball prank people actually got hurt. Did this hurt anyone? No. I agree that it was wrong and they should have a suspension, but DEFINITELY not a 10day suspension. Maybe 2 days would be okay? Seniors all over the country pull pranks, but I'm pretty sure at most other schools it wouldn't have been blown this out of hand. Also, to all the parents, I understand your concern about your kids getting hurt, but you weren't there. It honestly wasn't that bad at all. It took them probably 3 and a half minutes to clean it all up.
Student01 May 05, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Honestly only in CRN will you get 10 day suspensions, a letter sent to your college, and criminal charges for a food fight when you merely receive a 3 day suspension for walking up to someone and punching them in the face.
Student May 05, 2012 at 02:01 AM
excatly what I said. Also, if the students aren't walking at graduation, that just punishes the parents. They've been waiting 18 years to see their kid's graduation.
The Flinger of Fries May 05, 2012 at 02:09 AM
If all Meg can do in order to prove you wrong is point out grammar mistakes, which honestly do not matter, it's obvious that what you said has struck a nerve, most likely due to the fact that she now knows her side of the argument is much weaker than your's.
The Flinger of Fries May 05, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Say's the girl who decides to point out somebody's grammar mistakes in order to prove some non-existent point.
Anonymous May 05, 2012 at 02:20 AM
You're all honestly concerned about a 30 second food fight that happened in a small area in the cafeteria? You honestly think that's it' s justified to not only suspend the students for 10 days, deny them the privlage to walk at graduation, and send letters to their colleges, but to refer them to he police? It's a joke. No one ever got hurt from getting ketchup thrown at them. Sounds to me as though you're all just cranky old mothers with sand in your vaginas.
Student02 May 05, 2012 at 02:38 AM
The school is overreacting. They're acting like this was a shooting. Nobody got hurt in the slightest, not physically, emotionally, or mentally, and it wasn't like they were throwing sharp objects or anything. And yes, contrary to what they're saying, this WAS just a food fight. Nothing more. Also, not letting them walk at graduation is just cruel. I mean, them and their family have been waiting 18 years for that. Does the north administration have a conscience at all? Who do they think they are...? -crn sophomore
Abbott Lerwick May 05, 2012 at 02:47 AM
A couple of blokes have a food fight. In my opinion the consequences are harsh that's it. I don't want to argue with a bunch of blithering pillocks.
Student May 05, 2012 at 03:10 AM
i have three more years here...
Jason chang May 05, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Abot ur not even American
Abbott Lerwick May 05, 2012 at 03:28 AM
First off your name suggests that you are an Asian fellow. You have also spelled my name incorrectly, again blithering pillocks.
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Baka May 05, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Just wanted to add more news: 3 days after the food fight, the students decided to do a flash mob. I would say around 100 students flooded the 2 floor cross-over. Don't get me wrong, the students were still going to their classes and nobody was getting trampled or anything, we were all just walking. Then, around 10-15 Senior girls decided to do the cha-cha slide. After 10 seconds, security pushed them aside and we assume they got suspensions too. I feel the school should just let the seniors pull off 1 more harmless prank, because the seniors are stuborn, if the school keeps up their overreactions, they're starting a war, and the pranks will not stop. The flash mob was not dangerous at all, and after talking to several teachers, they stopped it because they didn't know what was going to happen. I guess "Innocent until proven guilty" doesn't apply here.
Student01 May 05, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Trust me, I saw it, it lasted for about one whole second. The teachers and principles should be able to sympathize with what we are doing. I mean they were kids pulling pranks too at one point.
Student May 06, 2012 at 02:21 AM
This is actually ridiculous.


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