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Officer uses pepper spray in West Brook High School cafeteria to stop 'large fight'

Students, staff, and administrators were affected by the spray and have received medical attention to be decontaminated by EMS, the district says.

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Beaumont Independent School District is investigating what led up to a fight in West Brook High School's cafeteria and caused an officer to diffuse the situation with pepper spray.

The "large fight" happened during the school's final lunch period on Friday, according to a Beaumont ISD news release.

Administrators and police officers tried to stop the fight that broke out between students in the school's cafeteria. After repeated attempts to control the situation, an officer deployed pepper spray to diffuse the disturbance, the district said.

Students, staff, and administrators were affected by the spray and have received medical attention to be decontaminated by EMS, according to the release.

The district said an investigation surrounding the fight is ongoing to ensure that all students involved are disciplined.

Beaumont ISD said it has taken measures to discourage fighting and inappropriate behavior by initiating social emotional instruction and support, parent monitors, increased presence of police officers and security, and issuing criminal charges, according to the release.

Administrators are asking for additional help that starts at home.

“The District requires the assistance of parents to discuss and reaffirm the serious consequences that result from fighting at school. Fighting will not be tolerated,” the district said.

This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

Read full news release here...

During the final lunch period on December 9, a large fight broke out between students in the West Brook High School cafeteria. After repeated attempts by administrators and police officers to control the situation, an officer deployed pepper spray to diffuse the disturbance. Multiple students, staff and administrators were affected by the spray and have received medical attention to be decontaminated by EMS. Please be aware that students that use bus transportation may be arriving home later than normal, as the campus performed a silent/controlled release to minimize opportunity for student misconduct.

The campus continues to investigate the events that led to the fight in order to ensure that all students involved are disciplined. BISD is utilizing all measures at its disposal to discourage and prevent students from engaging in fighting including additional social emotional instruction and support, parent monitors, increased presence of police officers and security, and criminal charges. The District requires the assistance of parents to discuss and reaffirm the serious consequences that result from fighting at school. Fighting will not be tolerated.

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