Ohio high school is locked down after 100-PERSON brawls sparked rumors of stabbing


Ohio high school is locked down after brawls involving 100 students sparked rumors of stabbing and shooting: Pepper-spray was used to separate fighting kids

  • Police were on the scene at Westland High School in Columbus, Ohio, where several people were detained on Wednesday morning
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies were called after a report of a fight involving a ‘large crowd’ on Wednesday
  • ‘The situation was quickly brought under control and the school is now secure,’ the Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter
  • School resource officer called 911 at around 8:20am, prompting a response from Columbus Police Department officers 
  • A spokesperson for the FCSO said there may have been as many as 100 people either directly involved in the brawl or in the immediate area 
  • Earlier rumors indicated that there was a ‘mass stabbing’ incident but law enforcement officials said that is not true 
  • One student was taken to the hospital for decontamination after they were exposed to pepper spray, which was used to break up the melee 


As many as 100 people are believed to have been involved in several brawls inside an Ohio high school that required pepper spray to be used and the fire alarm being pulled early on Wednesday morning.

Earlier reports indicated that multiple people were stabbed and at least one was hospitalized at Westland High School in Columbus, but law enforcement officials said there were no stabbings or gunshots. Officials also lifted an earlier lockdown.

Several people were detained on Wednesday morning, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office announced. 

One student was rushed to a nearby hospital for decontamination after they were exposed to pepper spray, a spokesperson for the FCSO told local media. 

The student’s injuries are not considered serious. Videos that claim to show the students brawling have circulated online, although these have not been verified. 

A massive presence of law enforcement officials is seen above outside Westland High School in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday morning

As many as 100 people are believed to have been involved in several brawls inside the school's recreation center

As many as 100 people are believed to have been involved in several brawls inside the school’s recreation center

Several people were detained on Wednesday morning, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office announced

Several people were detained on Wednesday morning, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office announced

Deputies were called after a report of a fight with a ‘large crowd’. 

It’s unclear exactly how many people have been injured, and what the extent of their injuries are. 

‘The situation was quickly brought under control and the school is now secure,’ the Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.

A school resource officer called authorities at around 8:20am on Wednesday, prompting officers from the Columbus Police Department to respond.

A fire truck is seen outside Westland High School in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday morning

A fire truck is seen outside Westland High School in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday morning

A spokesperson for the FCSO, which has jurisdiction over the area, told The Columbus Dispatch that there may have been as many as 100 people either directly involved in the brawl or in the immediate area. 

Parents have been notified by the South-Western City School District. 

‘For the safety of our students and staff members, we evacuated everyone to the recreation center until the hallways were clear,’ a spokesperson for the district told WCMH-TV

‘Students are back in the building and learning.’

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