Students pepper sprayed after fights break out

By The Associated Press

GREENVILLE — Officials say police used pepper spray on more than 50 students to quell fights that broke out in the school’s cafeteria.

The Delta Democrat Times reports that the incident at the Greenville-Weston High School happened Friday around 1:30 p.m.

The newspaper says police were brought in to help. The newspaper says the pepper spray was used by officers to control the crowd of students.

The newspaper says school property was damaged, such as doors inside the high school torn away from its hinges.

There were no reports of injuries, according to the newspaper. The Greenville Public School District is investigating.

In August, a stabbing and a pepper spray incident at the school led representatives from the Mississippi Department of Education to visit the high school.

Eighteen-year-old student Deonte Groins said the fighting was intense on Friday. “It was like wildfires up in here. You look to the left, there was a fight then before you knew it another one jumped off. It’s an everyday struggle going here, but what can you do?” Groins said. “All of this mess needs to stop, and it’s time to get serious about school,” he said.