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Kalamazoo police responded as fights forced lockdown at Loy Norrix High School

Police cars are lined up outside Loy Norrix High School following reports of a couple fights. (WWMT/Franque Thompson)

3 P.M. UPDATE

Kalamazoo police officers did use pepper spray to break up a fight at Loy Norrix High School this morning, said Alex Lee, the executive director for communications for the Kalamazoo Public School.

The officers were responding to a fight that broke out about 11:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria, but then spread to other areas. The fight was reported by the Kalamazoo officer assigned to the school, police said in a written statement on the incident.

Lee said that during the fight, one student yelled gun. And, he said, one student was arrested. When the student yelled gun, police had already been called because of the fight.

A total of 20 police officers responded to the incident, to help quell the disturbance, police said.

The pepper spray was used after the students who were fighting failed to adhere to the officer’s orders to stop.

Police also said that although one student reported seeing a gun, that claim has been unsubstantiated.

The one student taken into custody was arrested for fighting.

LIFE EMS was on scene and treated subjects exposed to the pepper spray. Officers are working with public school staff to identify students involved and determine the appropriate charges.

Public Safety officers will remain on the campus until the end of the school day.

Lee declined to reveal the cause of the fight.

For updates and continuing coverage, stay tuned to Newschannel 3 and return to WWMT.com.


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2 P.M. UPDATE

Kalamazoo police officers did use pepper spray to break up a fight at Loy Norrix High School this morning, said Alex Lee, the executive director for communcations for the Kalamazoo Public School.

During the fight, one student yelled gun, and one student was arrested, Lee said.

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When the student yelled gun, police had already been called because of the fight.

Lee said there was one fight and several other scuffles at the school. He would not say how many students were involved, nor how many officers used pepper spray.

Ambulances were called to treat the students that were hit with the pepper spray, Lee said.

He did not reveal the cause of the fight, nor the types charges that were or might be lodged against the student who was arrested.

For updates and continuing coverage, stay tuned to Newschannel 3 and return to WWMT.com.

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Kalamazoo police and emergency personnel responded this morning to Loy Norrix High School, on East Kilgore Road, following reports of fights at the school.

Police and school officials are at this time declining to comment. But a number of parents arrived at the school and retrieved their children while the police were still on the scene. At least one parent told Newschannel 3 that the school was on a hard lock down.

Dozens of police vehicles from the Kalamazoo and Portage departments responded, as well as an ambulance. Members of the school lunch staff who left the building told reporters that pepper spray was used to stop what one woman called "a brawl."


For updates and continuing coverage, stay tuned to Newschannel 3 and return to WWMT.com.



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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo police and emergency personnel responded this morning to Loy Norrix High School, on East Kilgore Road, following reports of fights at the school.

Police and school officials are at this time declining to comment on the situation. But a number of parents are already on the scene, retrieving their children, and at least one told Newschannel 3 that the school was on a hard lockdown.

Dozens of police vehicles from the Kalamazoo and Portage departments are on the scene, as well as an ambulance.

Members of the school lunch staff who left the building, told reporters that pepper spray was used to stop what one woman called "a brawl."

For updates and continuing coverage, stay tuned to Newschannel 3 and return to WWMT.com.




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