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10 Students Arrested Following Food Fight Melee At Westhill HS

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Ten students who attend Westhill High School in Stamford have been arrested following a food fight that turned into a melee with numerous people hurt.

The incident took place around 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 12, when "things got out of control," at Westhill High School at 125 Roxbury Road, in Stamford when the planned food fight resulted in hundreds of students running out of the school, many throwing eggs, water and soda cans, said Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin.

A few skirmishes also resulted during the chaos, that took place as a result of the planned event that had gone viral on social media.

The two Stamford Police School Resource Officers along with school security and staff were not able to quell the out of control crowd, Conklin said.

One of the Stamford Police School Resource Officers; Officer Anna Edwards, was struck in the head with a full can of soda, causing a laceration and concussion. She needed to be transported to Stamford Hospital Emergency Room for treatment, he added.

 A Westhill High School teacher was also injured during the incident as she was trampled by a mass of students. 

"We realize that the citizens, parents, teachers and the vast majority of the students do not condone this behavior," Conklin said. "This is not the learning environment we expect and demand for our children in this City."

Since the event, Conklin said the department has spent countless hours investigating and reviewing security video of this incident.

"The hard work and dedication of Stamford Police Officer and School Resource Officer Felix Martinez and Stamford Police Officer Luis Serna has resulted in a total of 10 juveniles being arrested," he added.

The charges the students face range from causing a riot to assault on a police officer, the department said.

These students are all scheduled to appear in juvenile court. Because of their ages, their identities were not disclosed.

"We urge all parents to monitor their children’s social media. We ask all students if they see something on social media that concerns them to report it the school administration and/or the police department," Conklin said. "The Stamford Police Department will be meeting with the school administration to discuss how to better avoid such circumstances in the future."

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