A small group of students was involved in a food fight during "A" lunch at South Lakes High School on Wednesday, prompting principal Bruce Butler to warn students they will be suspended if caught in such a disturbance.
"The fight was very disruptive and caused a significant mess," Butler said in an e-mail to the SLHS community. "Food fights are not a joke, they are incredibly dangerous events which endanger all students."
One witness said a small group of students began throwing items such as milk cartons and apples. The witness said most students got up and left when food began flying.
Butler said that parents should remind students that a food fight can result in a five-day suspension and possible criminal charges. Seniors could lose graduation privileges.
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Here is the full text of the email.
Today during A lunch a small group of students started a food fight. The event was very disruptive and created an significant mess. Sadly, once the event began several other students decided to join in.
Food fights are not a joke, they are incredibly dangerous events which endanger all students. Our children at the greatest risk are those with physical and intellectual disabilities. They may not, or in some cases cannot, move out of the way of hundreds of students who dash away from the flying food.
This type of behavior is absolutely counter to both our school's and community's values. It also reflects a decadent indifference to the selfless dedication of our custodial staff and the importance of having food to eat when many do not.
Please take the time to discuss this issue with your child tonight. I realize that today's incident was the result of the actions of a small group of morally corrupt students. That said, I will not allow groups of student to jeopardize the safety of others.
Please convey to your child that any student observed particpating in a food fight will be suspended for five days and, if possible, charged by the police. Any senior involved will also lose their opportunity to participate in graduation activities.
South Lakes High School is recognized regionally for its caring student body and instructional focus. Such behaviors are simply wrong and will not be tolerated on any level.
Thanks for your help,