26 kids hurt in elementary school food fight

Posted at 6:04 PM, Mar 15, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-15 18:04:49-04

By Lindsay Buckingham, WJW

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Oh (WJW) - Dozens of kids were hurt when a food fight turned violent at a local school Thursday afternoon, according to WJW-TVs.

It happened just after 1 p.m. in the cafeteria of Cranwood Elementary on Christine Avenue, which is the temporary home for Miles School (K-8)–part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. [READ MORE: 26 hurt in food fight at elementary school]

Garfield Heights police told Fox 8′s Melissa Reid that the fight broke out between students in grades fifth through eighth. Students say the incident escalated quickly.

“We was in the cafeteria, and they just started throwing food out of nowhere, the eighth graders, and that’s when everything got out of control, and they were pushing me back and forth and things,” said student Dyshanea Scott.

“She fell and hurt her arm. I am taking her to the doctor’s now, because I don’t know if any muscle is torn or anything like that,” said Dyshanea’s mother, Diyona Scott.

Garfield Heights Fire Chief Thomas Nemetz said 26 students were hurt, six of whom were taken to area hospitals. Firefighters said their injuries ranged from head injuries to cuts and bruises. One person reportedly suffered a broken wrist.

A spokesperson for CMSD said parents were notified of the situation as soon as it happened, and that an investigation was underway.

Further details were not immediately released.