Fight at Chalmette High leads to social media rumors
Dave Cohen Reporting
Rumors are running wild about a fight today at Chalmette High School.
Officials in the St. Bernard Parish Schools Superintendent's Office tell WWL First News that "everything is under control." They say everyone is safe.
They have not released any further information.
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Spokesman Steve Cannizaro says, "No one was injured. No one was arrested."
He says the school faculty broke up the fight.
Postings to social media claimed that dozens of students and parents were involved in what has been referred to as a "melee" or a "riot." There were also reports that the SWAT team was called out. Cannizaro says that is not true. He added that there were no weapons involved.
Concerned parents calling WWL Radio have said their children were telling them there was "blood everywhere" and included in the injured were a teacher with broken bones. Cannizaro repeated that no one was injured.
Superintendent Doris Voitier's office said she would call later to share more information.
The sheriff's office released the following statement:
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fight early Tuesday morning between some students at Chalmette High School but no one was injured or has been arrested, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Also, contrary to reports on social media, the sheriff’s SWAT team wasn’t called out to the school, the school was never placed on lockdown and faculty members weren’t injured. No weapons were involved either.
Faculty members had the incident largely in control when sheriff’s Patrol Division units and sheriff’s detectives from the Juvenile Division arrived, Sheriff Pohlmann said.