Up to 30 students in West High School were engaged in a brawl Monday that ended up putting that school and nearby Romig Middle School into “stay put” mode for several hours in the afternoon.
School officials reported there were no serious injuries, and a few minor injuries. Principal Svend Gustafson said there were no weapons involved.
Must Read Alaska sources said it was an inter-family brawl among of Polynesian students and that without the school safety officers, people may have been killed. It’s unclear if the students were of Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian, or other islander heritage, and the officials did not refer to this aspect of the incident.
According to an eye witness, there was blood all over the hallways, which is one reason they didn’t let students go to their fourth-period classes. Police presence remained for several hours.
West High School, the oldest of ASD’s eight major high schools, has an enrollment of about 1,800 students, which means more than one out of every 100 students at the school was involved in the lunch hour fight, which started in the cafeteria. There are about 125 faculty members at the school.