Six students have been arrested after a wild brawl involving at least 40 students broke out at Streamwood High School in Illinois on Tuesday.
According to reports, police from multiple surrounding districts had to be called in after a “racially-based lunchroom brawl quickly spun out of control.” Police say no one was seriously hurt.
One student, Deshawn Cavin, said “it was at least 40 kids fighting, then it traveled all the way up to the second floor. They fought inside the offices.”
Another student, Sarah Sullivan, added “the African-Americans and the Hispanics, they were just attacking each other today.”
Tylus Wilson, whose brother was arrested in the incident, says one altercation set the entire thing off. “He tried swinging at my friend. He ducked and bust him and they started going at it. Everybody started jumping in and fighting,” Wilson said.
Student Leslie Rojas said the racial tension had been brewing on social media for some time. “Talking stuff through Twitter, Facebook. That’s how it all started and then it goes to when they see each other,” Rojas said.
According to several parents, police assembled students several weeks earlier to try to “defuse tensions” but apparently it didn’t take.
The school put a “hold in place,” which means students not involved in the fight had to remain in their classrooms, and notified parents of the incident, allowing them to come and pick their kids up from school early.
Police from Cook County, Hanover Park, Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, and Schaumburg had to be called in to assist and the school remains under police supervision.