Dozens of students arrested following fight at Bay View H.S.

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Dozens of students arrested following fight at Bay View H.S.

CREATED Oct. 18, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 18, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police say that dozens of students have been placed in custody after what was described as a large fight at Bay View High School.

The Journal Sentinel reports that 30 students ranging in age from 11-19 have been arrested.

The fight happened around 8:45 a.m. Thursday in the school's cafeteria.

One student told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Todd Hicks that she tried to get away from the fight scene, but found more chaos in the hallway.

"Five fights broke out.  We got upstairs.  There were another three (fights) in the hallway on the first floor, and I went off on my own way.  Upstairs in the foyer, there were 75 kids fighting, hitting each other.  It was just crazy," says a female student to Hicks.

There was no initial confirmation of any injuries, the cause of the fight or how many students were involved.

After the fight, the school went into "code red," meaning that no one could enter or leave the building.

"What parents need to understand is that our schools are safe and we do our very best to make sure that happens and that parents have confidence," says Denise Callaway, the business and community partnerships coordinator at MPS.

Callaway says the students involved could face suspensions or expulsions.

"This is a serious incident and we treat it as such."

Students said they were being let out of Bay View High School to return home if they had their parents' permission.

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