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MOORHEAD — A fight involving about eight students Thursday, Sept. 30, triggered a brief lockdown at Moorhead High School and drew a large law enforcement response.
A fight first broke out between two students in a classroom around 10 a.m., according to Moorhead Police Capt. Deric Swenson. The fight was largely verbal in nature, according to a statement released by Moorhead Area Public Schools Superintendent Brandon Lunak.
The school's student resource officer attempted to control a female student who appeared to be the main aggressor, according to a news release from the Moorhead Police Department. As the officer attempted to break up the initial fight, another fight broke out between friends of the two students.
The rest of the school immediately went into a lockdown to protect other students and staff, according to district spokeswoman Brenda Richman.
The student resource officer called patrol officers from the Moorhead Police Department to keep the altercation from becoming physical. The fighting continued as the first officers arrived, leading them to call for additional help because it was unclear how many students were involved.
The Moorhead Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and the Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to the fight.
By the time the additional law enforcement agencies arrived, most of the fighting had died down and most officers left without entering the school, according to Swenson.
Police and Lunak confirmed no weapons were used in the fights, and no one was seriously hurt.
At least eight students were involved in the fight while other students tried to separate the those involved.
Swenson said the fights started over "juvenile stuff" and did not go into detail. He added the students involved would likely face charges.
The students who took part in the brawl were sent home by the school and will face disciplinary action, Richman said.
Lunak said the incident did not impact the rest of the school day.