Stockton, CA – As many as 80 students brawled with police and teachers during a fight at Bear Creek High School on Friday afternoon (video below).
The altercation broke out at approximately 10:45 a.m., when a combative student began fighting with members of the school staff outside the cafeteria, KCRA reported.
When Stockton police arrived at the school, as many as 80 students converged on the scene, and some jumped into the melee.
Additional officers were called to help as some of the students tried to yank police off of the teen they were trying to detain.
The swarming juveniles yelled and tossed items at police, while others recorded the chaotic scene with their cell phones.
“During this detention, officers were struck by several students and a garbage can was thrown at officers and school staff,” the Stockton Police Department (SPD) said in a press release, according to KTXL.
The fight prompted the Lodi Unified School District to place Bear Creek High School on lock down for nearly 90 minutes.
No students, school staff members, or SPD officers were injured during the brawl, police said.
The student who instigated the initial confrontation was cited for resisting arrest, but it is unclear whether or not any of the other students involved in the altercation will face criminal charges.
“I didn’t know it was that bad. I was thinking a few students, you know, had an altercation. But I did not know it was as bad as it was from that video,” one parent told KTXL.
“I don’t know what is going on with these kids,” she said. “I don’t know. Even with the authority there and they are still being too much. It’s scary… it’s dangerous.”
Kira Elkins, a former Bear Creek High School student, expressed frustration that students would further complicate law enforcement’s efforts to keep them safe.
“When you go to school, you’re supposed to respect the authority that’s trying to keep you safe while you’re here on campus,” Elkins said.
You can watch cell phone footage of the chaotic scene in the video below: