Fights spark pepper spraying, lockdown at Loy Norrix HS

Loy Norrix High School
An Oct. 19, 2017 photo of Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Officers are working to identify the students who sparked fights that led to a lockdown at Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo.

The disturbance started around 11:38 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria of the school, located at 616 E. Kilgore Road in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said the fighting then spread to other areas in the school.

A total of 20 officers from Kalamazoo and Portage responded to the disturbance, according to Kalamazoo police. The agency said when the students involved in the fights failed to listen to an officer’s orders to stop, pepper spray was deployed.

Students exposed to the pepper spray were treated at the scene.

One student was arrested for fighting; more could be charged, according to authorities.

One student reported seeing a gun during the disturbance, but authorities said the claim “has been unsubstantiated.”

The lockdown lasted about 30 minutes.

It’s unclear what sparked the fight.