Smith continued, the school was placed under lockdown to ensure that events outside did not enter the building. The lockout means that all exterior doors are closed and no one enters or exits the building and staff members were stationed around the building to monitor the exterior doors. The school administration said the lockdown lasted for around 10 minutes, though some students said it lasted much longer.
Police used pepper spray to quell fights and affected students receiving care by emergency responders and school nurses; Five students were taken to the hospital as a result of the spray.
Christian Fuller, a junior 16-year-old from the East, said he witnessed the fight at around 11 a.m. on the tennis courts next to the school.
He heard a group of people start shouting, and saw three girl students “beating this one girl”. Christian said a man got involved and began attacking the girl with a baseball bat. The man looked like he was in his mid-30s, he said.
“He was not a student. He just came in,” Christian said of the man.
A 17-year-old junior, who declined to be named, said he had witnessed two fights, both of which broke out. One drew a large crowd, which he estimated at around 100 people.
16-year-old Jair Hernandez, a junior, said he also witnessed the fight started by the tennis court, then headed south into the street on the west side of the school. He estimated a crowd of about 30 students and said that both male and female students were involved in the fighting. He did not see any old man, nor anyone with a bat.