A food fight at on Tuesday turned into more than a silly prank, Council Rock administrators said.
According to Council Rock High School North principal Susan McCarthy, a number of senior boys initiated a pre-planned food fight, which included “hurling the contents of large containers of salad dressing, ketchup, plates of food, fruit items, etc. at themselves and others in the cafeteria.”
McCarthy said the food fight posed a health and safety risk to all students present. “In our judgment, a health and safety risk existed both during and after the event, as a quick clean-up needed to occur before the start of the next lunch period in an area that was impossible to walk on without slipping and sliding,” she said.
McCarthy said since the administration was aware of the possibility of the event in advance, all administrators, security personnel, the Newtown Township School Resource Officer and hall monitors were present in an attempt to avert the situation.
“Although this presence did not stop the students from their intended actions, it possibly averted a larger, more serious disruption in a lunch of almost 600 students, including a segment of our most vulnerable student population, as well as our cafeteria staff,” she said.
Superintendent Mark Klein would not comment on any disciplinary action taken as a result of the food fight.
McCarthy said “emotions were extremely high, with innocent students being caught in the crossfire.”
She encouraged all parents to have “serious conversations” with their seniors as they finish their final days at school. However, she noted, the class of 2012 “as a whole has been a fantastic one.”
“With emotions running high at this time, it is possible that some will display a lack of good judgment that could result in very serious consequences, including loss of school privileges,” she said.