Virginia high school principal accidentally pepper-sprayed

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia high school principal was accidentally pepper-sprayed as he and administrators tried to break up a fight.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Norfolk schools spokeswoman Khalilah LeGrand said in a statement multiple fights broke out just before 11 a.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria at Norview High School.

Norfolk police tweeted that additional fights broke out while officers were investigating the initial incident. One of the videos of the fight posted to social media shows a student standing on a table and throwing a chair in the direction of a security officer before taking a running leap toward the officer.

LeGrand said principal Walter Brower was inadvertently sprayed by school district security officers while they tried to break up the fight, but he wasn't hurt. No other injuries were reported.

Norfolk Public Schools released the following statement about the incident:

"Late this morning, Norview High School went on a brief lockdown due to multiple altercations that occurred in the cafeteria. The first incident happened at approximately 11:00 a.m., subsequent incidents followed during the next lunch period. The situation was quickly contained within 20 minutes as a result of the coordinated efforts of school administration, security personnel and the Norfolk Police Department.

Classes and activities have resumed, however security measures remain in place. The principal will make calls to parents and guardians this afternoon. An increased police presence will be observed throughout dismissal today to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff. Students involved in any of today’s altercations will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Norfolk Public Schools is thankful for the swift response and support of our staff, security personnel and local law enforcement. We are also proud of the entire student body at Norview High for their commendable behavior and cooperation throughout the day."