RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh high school will have increased security measures on Thursday after “several altercations” that took place Wednesday during lunch periods, according to a letter sent to families.
In the letter, Leesville Road High School Principal Ian Solomon said he requested additional law enforcement due to the fights, which he said were “quickly disbanded” and those involved have been identified.
“Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, and we also will pursue prosecution of those involved to the fullest extent of the law,” Solomon said in the letter.
A video shared with CBS 17 showed a melee break out quickly. Multiple adults jump in to break up fights, but one group of boys managed to single out one or two, take them down, and gang up on them while they’re on the ground.
Sophomore Michael Furlong was in the cafeteria when the fight broke out.
“I kept thinking this is the most craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” Furlong said.
Freshman Emma Smawley said she’s seen fights at the school before, but this was the worst she’s witnessed.
“When I saw it I was like ‘OK, this is like kind of bad,’” Smawley said. “There’s so many kids involved. Everyone was kind of like together and panicked it didn’t really feel like lunch honestly.”
A second video shared with CBS 17 shows a fight in a hallway students said also took place Wednesday. Raleigh police officers are seen in the school at this point.
Solomon said that despite rumors, they have no information on weapons being on campus.