Hundreds of laughing, screaming teens hurled and ducked baseball-sized chunks of lunch food Friday afternoon in a massive food-fight that engulfed the cafeteria of Weston’s Cypress Bay High School.The melee spilled outside into the courtyard and ended when Broward Sheriff’s Deputies showed up and arrested one student.
Videos posted on social media showed the students grabbing backpacks, lunch boxes and leaping over lunch tables as they dashed out of the building early Friday afternoon.
The school’s assistant principal waded into the scuffle in an attempt to stop it and got slugged by a 17-year-old. Other students jumped in, tossing and swinging.
Outside the cafeteria, students formed a ring around another group who waded into the center to fight. Video and news networks showed spectators climbing up on picnic tables to get a better view and to shoot pictures and videos on smartphones.
Pictures posted afterward on Twitter showed the cafeteria’s floor strewn with globs of food and trash bins lined up in the aisles between the lunch tables as school employees prepared to mop up the mess.
The 17-year-old senior will face felony charges for striking a school administrator and resisting arrest without violence, according to BSO spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright.
Broward School District spokesperson Tracy Clark said that school district officials were aware of the fight at the school, at 18600 Vista Park Blvd., but were still trying to figure out how it started. The last day for Broward public schools is June 6.
Cypress Bay High School, with its more than 4,000 students, has an impressive academic record but has had several scandals in the last few years.
It was ranked among the top 10 high schools in Florida last year, according to a school profile posted on the school’s official website, and 98 percent of its seniors were college-bound, with many heading to schools such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia and MIT.
But BSO deputies were still investigating a case where someone posted nude photos of teenage girls to a website in February, identifying them as Cypress Bay students.
Last year, investigators looked into allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a social studies teacher and a student. The allegation was later confirmed but no charges were filed after the student said she was 18 when the relationship occurred.
And in 2009, officers caught a 17-year-old student using his phone to photograph girls using the school restroom.