Food Fight Frenzy

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 11, 2010 at 7:10 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A food fight turns foul at Binghamton High School.

Nearly 100 people were involved in the cafeteria brawl Thursday morning.

Police say 3 officers and 2 school officials were hurt.

One administrator was taken to the hospital with a serious injury.

Action News is told that Assistant Principal Martin Klein was hit in the face with a cell phone, which caused the bone around his eye socket to break.

It was the last full day of school.

What many hoped to be a harmless prank turned violent.

Dozens of patrol cars block off Main Street in front of Binghamton High School.

What started as a food fight evolved to include around 100 students.

The ruckus spilled outside the school around 11:15 Thursday morning.

"Not actually fighting. But that's what starts it. There was some fighting and a group gathers as usual. There's a big thing. And as police officers, school officials got involved it just escalated," said Binghamton Police Chief, Joe Zikuski.

3 officers and 2 school administrators were either punched in the face or hit with a cell phone while trying to break up the brawl.

Police say there were no reports of any student injuries.

And the large response from area agencies helped minimize that risk.

"Show of force. The more man power we got here put it down quickly and that I'm sure prevented any injuries to the students or any other police officers," said Zikuski.

10 students were arrested, some taken away in handcuffs.

4 are under the age of 16.

Some Binghamton High School students say they're glad they were not in the building at the time of the fight.

"We saw all the cop cars coming and we got worried, so we all ran over here," said a sophomore.

"Our school gets let out for lunch, we were all at lunch and then we heard about this so we came back and saw all the cop cars," exclaimed another student.

Others say they are disappointed by their fellow classmates.
"I think its crazy. I think our class went out with a bang. I don't think it was a good bang and it's unfortunate for other classes to come," said a senior.

A few other seniors said they hoped what happened today, doesn't impact senior awards night or graduation.

School will resume for its last day which is a half day Friday.

Leigh Dana WBNG TV Action News.

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