A school in Queensland was forced to close Tuesday after a scuffle between students.
Footage of the incident showed a group of teenagers punching and fighting at Bundaberg North State High School.
The conflict reportedly started with two boys, but within seconds a group of teenagers began to join them, causing an uproar in the schoolyard.
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The clip showed a teacher attempting to intervene as the fight continued, stepping between the children and whistling to calm the tension.
According to the Queensland Department of Education, police and two ambulances were called to the school during the incident, but no paramedics were needed.
The parents said so courier post that they were unaware of the “riot” but later received a letter from Headmistress Robyn Kent with details.
In the letter, the school said it had imposed a “precautionary lockdown” due to an “incident of student behavior.”
Citing the “privacy of the students,” she said she would not reveal any further information about the incident. The principal also urged parents to think and discuss with their children the “possible consequences” of spreading “speculation or rumors” in the community and online.
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For the safety of the students, the school imposed a “precautionary lockdown”.
A Queensland Department of Education spokesman said the “precautionary lockdown” was necessary for the “safety of staff and students”.
“Like all Queensland state schools, Bundaberg North State High School strives to provide a safe, respectful and disciplined learning environment,” they said.
“The department can confirm that the Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Police Service visited the school yesterday in response to an incident of student behaviour. No weapons were involved in the incident.
“The school will take appropriate consequences for the students involved, consistent with the school’s student code of conduct,” they added.