June 13, 2009

Queens kids overdo it with food fight

Officials at a New York City high school say there wasn't much permanent damage after a raging food fight resulted in 10 arrests and a campus lockdown.

Most of the students busted at Richmond Hills High in Queens were charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct in the wake of Friday's fracas that started with eggs flying in the hallway and eventually spread to the cafeteria.

They threw rice, barbecue sauce, flour, baby powder, Silly String, shaving cream - everything you could imagine, sophomore witness Jose Dominguez, 16, told the New York Daily News.

The newspaper said Saturday that while the mess had been cleaned up, disciplinary action was pending against the participants.

The incident stemmed from the school's annual senior prank day, which witnesses said was advertised on the Internet and even included pre-event intelligence work to determine which areas would not have security guards present when the event kicked off at 10 a.m. EDT.

They planned it like armed insurgents, observed 19-year-old Steven Williams.

The chaos was apparently too much for the school staff. They called police and ordered a lockdown that kept students confined to their classrooms for more than an hour.