Pearl City High put on lockdown after several fights break out

Lockdown at Pearl City High School

PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pearl City High School was placed on lockdown Friday afternoon after several fights broke out on campus.

The school was placed on lockdown shortly after the lunch recess after five or six fights broke out, administrators said.

The series of fights apparently began with a single altercation during the morning recess. "There was a fight involving two students, two girls," said principal Carlyn Fujimoto. "Our administration was able to quell the situation. However, during lunch recess, right towards the ending, there were several fights that broke out and it didn't necessarily relate to one another or the incident in the morning."

According to administrators and students, the fights broke out in the center of campus in an area known as Freshman Hill. Fujimoto said the fights drew a crowd of about 100 or so students, but she believes only about 20 students were actually involved.

Students described a chaotic scene. "It was crazy, there were just double-digit fights, left and right, girls and boys of all grade levels," said senior Joeanne Rapoza.

"I didn't know what was going on. It was like everyone was just fighting out of nowhere. Everyone was getting all crazy," said freshman Angela Landerth.

Fujimoto said there were no injuries. However, she said one student who was apparently not directly involved in the fighting hyperventilated while being restrained, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Fujimoto said school administrators will be trying to sort out the situation and all the students involved before they can determine what kind of disciplinary action will be taken. She also said a phone message would be given to parents this evening, and that a follow-up letter will be sent to parents Monday. However, she added that many students had already texted or e-mailed their parents to let them know what was happening.

Some students expressed disappointment that the fighting broke out.

"I think that Pearl City should start coming together," said Rapoza. "I think that we're having a lot of fights within each other, you know, and it's not good. It's not healthy for our school."

Pearl City High School has approximately 1,700 students in grades 9 through 12.

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